We learned last week that jet skis and other personal watercrafts can be dangerous if the right safety precautions aren’t taken. Remember, these motorized vehicles are not toys.
Below are 10 safety tips to ensure your wellbeing when operating a jet ski.
1. Read the owner’s manual so you understand the controls and features of your personal watercraft. It’s best to take at least one lesson on its usage.
2. Wear the proper safety equipment. An approved PFD life jacket is a must. It is also advised to wear eye protection to keep water spray from obscuring your vision.
3. Tennis or deck shoes offer better control on your machine, also gloves and a wet suit offer protection from the elements.
4. Attach a whistle to your life jacket in case you need to summon help.
5. Never operate your personal watercraft without the safety lanyard attached to you. The lanyard cuts the engine if you fall, and could save a long swim home.
6. Do not operate your watercraft after you’ve been drinking.
7. Stay out of swimming areas and away from wildlife. Avoid driving too close to anglers and canoeists.
8. Never operate at night, or with two water skiers. Operate the craft only between sunrise and sunset.
9. Keep a lookout for other boats and watercraft, especially sail boats. Stay at least 100 feet away. Collisions are the most common type of personal watercraft accidents.
10. Respect the rights of others. This includes not following boats to closely, or jumping a boat’s wake.
This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstance.