Jet Ski Safety

Riding a jet ski (or personal watercraft) is one of the most exciting things you can do on the water, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. Although statistics indicate that jet skis are not involved in a significantly greater percentage of accidents than other watercraft, the accidents involving jet skis are more likely to be serious or fatal. In order to ensure your own safety and the safety of others, there are a few basic guidelines you should remember every time you ride. First and most important, you must always wear a fitted, Coast Guard-approved lifejacket.

Second, make use of whatever engine-stop accessory is provided by the jet ski manufacturer. For instance, many jet skis come with a lanyard that is placed around the wrist, which that will automatically shut off the engine if the driver falls. Once you are out on the water, constantly be on the lookout for other boats, skiers, divers, and swimmers. It can be difficult, especially in choppy water, to see swimmers and fallen skiers, so you must be constantly vigilant and keep a wide distance from boats and the shoreline. At the same time, do not use waves and the wakes made by boats as ramps. Many novice jet skiers have been injured when they lost control of their craft after trying to jump off of waves. So that you may remain vigilant and alert on the water, never operate a jet ski if you have had any alcohol or other drugs. Moreover, do not ride a jet ski unless you have reached the legal age to do so according to the relevant jurisdiction. Although in some states one only needs to be 11 years old to operate a jet ski, in many states one must be 16. At present, the personal watercraft industry recommends that jet ski riders be at least 16 years old.

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Jet Ski Accidents
Jet Ski Safety
Jet Ski Injuries
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Boat Trailer Safety Tips
Water Skiing Safety Tips
Jones Act
Pleasure Boat Accidents
Fishing accidents
Offshore Accidents
Avoiding Thunderstorms While Boating
The Basics of Lifejackets
The Right of Way in Boating
Using an Anchor in a Shifting Current or Wind
Emergency Communications While Boating
Boating and Hypothermia
Boating and the Heimlich Maneuver
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