The term “Jet Ski” is the brand name of a personal watercraft (PWC) manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. However, it has eventually become a generic name for any type of personal watercraft. Since the 1960s when it first hit the market, jet ski has become one of the favorites among water sports enthusiasts.
As with all types of vehicles, driving a jet ski requires one to be aware of the safety rules before you go pumping up that motor to avoid being a hazard to yourself and others:
• Children under 16 should not be allowed to operate a wave runner.
• Take a safe boating course together with your children.
• Everyone should wear a lifejacket (or personal floatation safety device) that fits properly and supports each individual’s weight.
• Jet skiing and alcohol do not go together.
• Always make sure an adult is watching you or your child from the shore.
• When driving a jet ski with a passenger, make sure he/she is ready before you set off.
• When riding a jet ski as a passenger, hold on tightly to the driver. Inform him/her if you are ready or not.
• Never start your engine without attaching the cord that is connected to the start/stop switch, or your key to your life jacket or wrist. If you fall, the machine will stop automatically.
• Each rider should wear eye protection equipment, a wet suit (in colder weather), proper footwear and gloves.
• Watch out for bad weather conditions.
• Keep hands, feet, hair, and clothing away from the pump intake.
• Never operate a jet ski in water that is less than 24 inches deep.
• Know the terrain and ski within the designated areas only. Never ski where there are people swimming nearby.