In the heat of the summer, riding on a jet ski can be a lot of fun. However, if you are planning to head out on the ocean or a lake, it is important that you understand how to stay safe. Read on to find out the steps you need to take to make sure you do not come to harm on the water.
Make sure the machine is properly maintained
Before setting out, you need to make sure that the jet ski is in good condition. If you have not used your jet ski over the winter, moving parts may have seized up. You should check the controls to ensure that they are free moving. If they feel stiff or constricted, you should check for any debris which is blocking the free movement. You should also check the oil levels in the engine. You should also check for signs of rust or corrosion on the bodywork. If you see any, this will need to be repaired before you use the watercraft. If you are unsure of how to maintain your jet ski, you should take it to a motorsports service centre.
Avoid drinking alcohol
Many people enjoy a cold cocktail or beer during the summer. However, if you are planning to take a ride on your jet ski, you should refrain from drinking until you return. Even a small amount of alcohol can impair your reactions and judgement which could lead you to misjudge your speed or position in relation to over vessels or obstacles.
Do not ride in twilight or darkness
Jet skis are not fitted with navigation lights and so they should not be operated in the early morning before the sun has risen, after sunset or during the hours of darkness. Not only will you be unable to see what is ahead of you, but other craft on the water will not be able to see you. This massively increases the chance that you will hit an obstacle in the water or that another craft will hit you. As soon as the light begins to fail, you should head back to shore.
Always wear a life jacket
On very hot days, it can be very tempting to abandon your life jacket so you can cool down. Other people avoid life jackets because they are concerned they will develop a tan line. However, it is vital that you always wear a life jacket when using your jet ski. If you are knocked from the craft, your life jacket will ensure that you remain on the surface even if you are unconscious or injured.
If you would like more information about jet skis, contact a motorsports specialist today.