There are all sorts of ways to have fun out on water here in Florida. One water recreation activity many in the state enjoy is jet skiing.
Like many recreational activities, it important to pay close attention to safety when jet skiing. Accidents involving this kind of personal watercraft can get severe. What can you do to reduce the chances of an accident when driving a jet ski? We’ll now go over some safety tips for operating this type of watercraft.
- Have the right safety equipment: This include having a properly fitted life jacket.
- Stay away from alcohol prior to driving the craft: You want to be full alert and responsive when operating a jet ski.
- Set the safety cord before starting the jet ski: This is the cord that connects you to the jet ski’s key or start/stop switch. Setting this cord creates a safeguard that makes it so the jet ski should not keep running if you fall off.
- Be aware of your surroundings: This includes being knowledgeable of the terrain in the area you will be jet skiing in. Also, be aware of the water depths in the area; you should keep jet skis out of water that is under two feet in depth. You should also keep an eye on weather conditions.
- Check with your passenger: If you have a passenger, check certain things with them before starting, such as that they have a properly fitted life jacket and that they are ready to go.
As this illustrates, there are measures you can take towards keeping your jet ski rides safe. Unfortunately, there are things out of your control that could create accident risks for you when you are out on a jet ski. This includes things like:
- A jet ski containing a hidden defect.
- A company you are renting a jet ski from not properly maintaining the vehicle.
- Other watercraft operators in the area you are in not acting safely.
When individuals suffer harmful jet ski accidents because of things like these, it can be important for them to review their options regarding the pursuit of compensation.