As a first-time rider of a jet ski, it’s extremely important that you understand how it works. It’s not the same as a motorized boat, in that you have to use water jets to propel yourself. That’s the reality even when your reaction would normally be to put on a brake or stop. On a jet ski, you need to use the throttle to get out of harm’s way and avoid a hazard.

Did you know that a jet ski doesn’t have a rudder? As a result, you must use the throttle to give yourself the power to control the vehicle. Taking your hand off the throttle will take away your ability to steer and avoid a hazard, so you must, instead, keep the same speed and steer away from the hazard. Essentially, there is no way to stop in the same way as on a traditional boat or in a land vehicle.

Re-boarding can be dangerous

Another thing to remember is how to re-board the jet ski. Doing it incorrectly can result in the jet ski flipping or in your becoming tired and too exhausted to get out of the water.

To re-board a jet ski, you should climb up from the rear. There is a handle behind the seat that gives you the grip you need to pull yourself up. Take your time, because you can quickly get tired if you fail at boarding multiple times. This may not put you at risk of drowning (if you have a life jacket) but it can open you up to other hazards, like being struck by passing boaters or getting injured by items in the water.

Don’t stand up as a novice

Finally, if you’re a novice, don’t try to stand on your jet ski. It looks cool, but the reality is that you’ll have less control over the jet ski and are bound to get hurt. You could be thrown from the jet ski or fall off much more easily. Additionally, if you have to avoid a hazard, it might be difficult for you to do so, which can lead to an accident.

Overall, if you’re riding a jet ski for the first time, it’s important for you to be cautious. Trying to do too much too quickly can lead to serious accidents on your own or with other boaters. Those accidents could cause serious injuries or deaths. If you are involved in an accident and injured, contact the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A. for a free consultation to learn about your rights.