Jet ski Safety Tips

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.

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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.

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