There is little doubt that riding a boat on the open water can be thrilling, but the feeling of riding a jet ski cannot be beat. Ask any rider, and they will tell you that jet skis provide an exciting way to spend an afternoon with friends and family. No matter how much fun you can have on them, jet skis are not without their dangers. Here are some practical tips to help you enjoy your day safely.
Wear a Life Jacket
It may not be cool, and you may not feel altogether stylish, but a life jacket can literally mean the difference between going home and never seeing another day. Forget the silly tan lines and don’t worry about looking uncool. You and any passenger on your jet ski should be wearing a properly-fitting life jacket at all times.
Follow Safety Precautions
Of course it is tempting to open the throttle and jump waves. There is nothing as exhilarating as feeling the wind whipping through your hair as the sea water sprays your face. Take a moment to read the operator’s manual and learn about your ski’s safety features.
Many jet skis come equipped with a kill cord that is worn around the wrist. When worn, the cord will kill the engine if you fall off. This prevents your ski from careening out of control and causing injury to others.
Do Not Get Complacent
It is natural to take more risks as you get more comfortable on your machine. Do not get complacent. Stay alert at all times and pay attention to the way you are controlling your ski. Never get so caught up in the moment of your ride that you forget to keep your eyes open for swimmers, boaters, skiers, and divers.
This one is a no-brainer. Don’t drive your jet ski if you have been drinking, and make sure your passengers are not intoxicated.
Remember…You are Controlling a Machine
Your jet ski is a powerful piece of machinery so don’t get cocky. Don’t jump waves or perform any other risky moves. You could hurt yourself, injure your passenger, and total your jet ski.
Operating a jet ski is a responsibility, not a right. Keep that in mind the next time you turn the engine over. Keep your wits about you and stay safe.
If you have been injured in a jet-ski accident, we are here to help you. Contact our experienced personal injury attorneys today. We will review the details of our case and advise you as to your best course of action.