Jet skiing is one of the most popular activities that takes place on the water. The ability to reach high speeds while on a watercraft that’s easy to control is attractive to many people. At Hayley’s Jet Ski and Boat Rental, you can take one of our jet skis out on a sunny afternoon to enjoy a great day on the water.
For those jet skiing for the first time, riding one can be quite intimidating. So here are some tips to help you get started.
Preparing to Jet Ski
Attaching the Engine Shut-Off Clip
One of the safety features of a jet ski that you’ll be required to enact, even before you start skiing, is the engine shut-off clip. The engine shut-off clip is attached to your waist so that if you lose your balance and fall into the water, the engine will turn off protecting you and others from potential danger.
Just because you are required to be attached to the engine shut-off clip, doesn’t mean that you’ll fall into the water while jet skiing. In fact, the chances are quite low that this will happen. Attaching yourself to the shut-off clip is a purely precautionary measure just in case something happens.
Safety is first and foremost when getting involved with water sports. No matter how experienced someone is at swimming or with riding jet skis, everyone should wear a life jacket. When putting your life jacket on, make sure that it’s properly and securely fastened before starting the engine.
Driving the Jet Ski
Moving Onto the Water
Once you’re connected to the engine shut-off clip, have your life jacket properly and securely fastened, and have boarded the jet ski, it’s time move out onto the water. Place your hands firmly on the handles and maintain a firm grasp on the handles throughout your ride. This will help you to keep full control over the watercraft.
When you’re ready to start moving, slowly engage the throttle. It’s important that you maintain a low speed while you’re near the shore. You should never be moving at more than 10 miles per hour when you’re close to the shore. This is for the safety of both yourself and others in the area.
Making a Turn
As a beginner, you’re almost certain to have trouble turning at first. This is something that most beginners of jet skiing struggle with. But you shouldn’t get discouraged because it’s perfectly normal.
Once you get going, you should start practicing turning while riding at a slow speed. You should continue to practice turning several times until you feel comfortable doing so and are able to keep your balance while taking quick turns. When practicing your turns, you should do so near shore to avoid potentially hitting other boats or jet skiers.
Once you’ve gotten to know the machine and are comfortable turning, it’s time to move away from shore and into the deeper waters. Slowly increase your speed as you move out into the open water. If you bolt out into the water, you could fall off or cause a collision with other watercrafts, especially if you are a beginner. As you ride out and gain speed, the nose of your jet ski will rise slightly above the water. This action is normal and doesn’t mean you’re going too fast or are out of control. Relax and have fun on the watercraft.
Readying for Impact
When you start gaining speed, your jet ski will probably jump off the waves into the air. This is what makes jet skiing such an enjoyable activity and why so many people participate in it. When your jet ski does rise slightly above the surface of the water, lift yourself up a few inches above your seat to reduce the level of impact when the jet ski crashes back into the water.
Jet skiing is one of the most exciting and thrilling water sports to take part in. If you know the basics of jet skiing before starting, it can make for a great outing. If you’re a beginning jet skier, follow these guidelines to make sure you’re prepared for your adventure. And if you’re looking to rent a jet ski for the day on the Indian River Lagoon, come to Hayley’s Jet Ski and Boat Rental.