5 Tips for Staying Safe When Riding a Jet Ski

Riding a jet ski through water can be an exhilarating, enjoyable experience. What’s not so enjoyable is suffering an injury because you didn’t take enough precautions to stay safe. Follow these five tips for staying safe when riding a jet ski to ensure you have a fun, incident-free time.

Tip #1—Dress Safe

If you think you’re covered by merely wearing your trunks or bathing suit, think again. You can stay safer by first learning what to pack when planning a jet ski expedition. For example, you will want to always bring a life jacket with you in case you fall off your jet ski and into the water.

Tip #2—Stay Sober

Another important tip for staying safe when riding a jet ski is to avoid doing so while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. You may think you feel sober enough to drive a jet ski, but you may have seriously impaired your judgment, coordination, and reaction time. It’s better not to operate heavy machines at all than risk hurting yourself or others.

Tip #3—Know Your Jet Ski

You also should ensure you know how to operate the jet ski before taking it in the water, including the basics such as accelerating and braking. Be aware of safety features, including the kill switch, so that you can prevent an accident if you fall off the jet ski.

Tip #4—Watch Out for Others

When riding your jet ski in the water, you must watch out for others. People may be fishing, swimming, or even using their own jet skis around you, and they don’t need to be in an accident because you weren’t being careful. Be alert and conscious of what is going on around you.

Tip #5—Avoid Risks

Riding a jet ski can be thrilling, but you shouldn’t try adding more thrills by doing a stunt, whether that’s attempting a flip or launching off a wave. If the trick goes wrong, you may end up harming yourself, the jet ski, or even someone you love.

With these tips, you can enjoy your jet ski trip with less chance of experiencing an accident. By avoiding harm, you can ride on a jet ski again someday and have even more fun in the future.

By Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.