Jet Ski Injuries

Even the most experienced and careful jet ski operators are at risk of being injured on the water. For this reason, it is important that every operator knows the most common types of injury, as well as the proper procedures for handling such an emergency. Of course, the most important way to guard against serious injury while jet skiing is to wear a closely-fitting lifejacket. One of the main reasons that so few serious accidents result in death is that unconscious or semiconscious individuals are kept afloat by a lifejacket. Since the overwhelming majority of jet ski accidents include a collision with another vessel, concussions and other head trauma are a common component of injury.

This underscores the importance of wearing a life vest. There are, however, other potentials for risk while riding a jet ski. Perhaps the most unrecognized danger to riders is dehydration. This is especially common when riding on salt water. Jet skiing can be a vigorous physical activity, and it is possible to lose a great deal of water without realizing it. When the body becomes dehydrated, reaction time and awareness are impaired, increasing the possibility of accidents. Another hidden danger of jet skiing is skin damage due to overexposure. The cooling effect of the wind and water often persuades a jet ski operator that he or she is not receiving much direct sunlight. This, of course, is not true, and many frequent jet skiers will sustain significant skin damage. Finally, operators should be warned of the potential for injury surrounding the water in-take on the underside of the hull. In order to move, a jet ski sucks water in through the front and then spits it out the back. The force of suction on the front of the craft is very strong, and many people have been injured by coming to close to it while it is in operation. For this reason, many jet skis are now equipped with lanyards that cut off the engine when the operator goes overboard. Nevertheless, always keep your distance from the water in-take located on the underside of the hull.

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