Tackle the Waters

Jet Ski Safety Tips

By on Jan 30, 2017 in Boating Laws | 0 comments

We go the water to have some fun and escape from the real world, where there are responsibilities we should think about. Getting injured while on vacation is probably one of the worst things that could happen to you, as your time for recreation and unwinding becomes a time for medical bills.

In a sense, we still have responsibilities even when we are on vacation, and one of those responsibilities is making sure that we are doing safe practices in operating our personal watercraft, like jet skis.

Always wear the appropriate gear
Accidents may happen whether it is your fault or not, and your first line of defense when they do happen is your protective gear, such as your helmet and lifejacket. Your helmet can protect you against head injuries that you can get from crashing your head into hard surfaces and getting hit by flying debris. Your lifejacket can be the very thing that saves you from drowning.

Be aware of other people
Though it is true that the sea offers a wide space, it does not mean that you are safe from personal watercraft traffic. Be mindful of the other watercraft around you, such as boats and other jet skis, and other people that you may not notice, such as swimmers and divers. Not being aware of the position of others can potentially lead to collisions and injuries.

Don’t drink and ride
Alcohol, drugs, and other substances that may cause impairment are very dangerous even on watercraft operation. They limit your body coordination, comprehension skills, and sensory and motor functions. Losing at least one of these things can lead to accidents.

Look out for obstructions
Obstructions can be natural or artificial. Natural obstructions include rocks and corals, while artificial obstructions include buoys and watercraft. You can injure yourself because of the collision force and debris, eject yourself from your jet ski and drown, or both.

Check the weather conditions
Sometimes, safe jet ski riding is not about the manner you operate your jet ski, but about the weather and how it affects the water. You should give attention to winds and high waves, as they have the capability to eject you or roll you and your jet ski over.

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