Whether you’re riding your own jet ski or renting one, there are some standard and regulated safety rules you should know before getting onto a jet ski. When properly engaged, it is almost impossible to find any water sport as exhilarating as a jet ski ride.
However, to ensure the experience keeps you safe throughout the ride, here are some safety tips you should know before getting on a jet ski in Dubai. It’s important to mention that breaking some of these safety rules that are regulated by law can result in penalties and fines.
Get Your License
First of all, one of the main safety rules, which are also regulated by law, involves having the required license to ride a jet ski, that is, if you own one. You should obtain the necessary license from the Department of Transport (Consolidated Center) in the Mina Area.
On the other hand, if you’re renting a jet ski, then it is required that you rent from a licensed jet ski rental company. Renting an unregistered jet ski can land you and the company a fine of AED 500 and AED 1000.
When renting, it is also mandatory for you to present a means of identification. This can be your Emirates ID or an international passport. You should also be at least 18 years old, and minors (below 18 years) should be accompanied by adults.
Wear All The Necessary Safety Equipment
To protect yourself from all the elements of the sea while riding, you should wear all necessary safety equipment before getting into a jet ski. Usually, if you’re renting a jet ski, the company will give you all the required safety equipment. Some of these include life jackets, gloves, and safety briefs.
Wear Sunblock And Eye Protection
Sunburns can be painful, so make sure you cover yourself with sufficient sunblock or sun-protective clothing to prevent burns while out on the waters.
At the same time, wear eye protection. Jet Skiing can spray water that is quite strong and powerful enough to cause damage to your eyes. Try the polarized sun-filtering eye-protective gadgets, so you can even see the sun bouncing off the water. While you can, of course, try the goggles or glasses, they are not as effective as a helmet that has built-in eye protection.
Wear The Safety Lanyard (safety key)
This is a gadget that’s worn around your neck and will cut off the engine when you fall off the jet ski. Safety lanyards prevent you from facing propeller strikes and other injuries. It’s either attached to your jacket or wrist. If you’re renting a jet ski, the rental company will provide this along with other safety equipment.
Do Not Consume Alcohol
Never consume alcohol before getting into a jet ski; it’s dangerous and can result in serious injuries if you lose control over the jet ski. Even the laws regulating jet skis and many other water sports prohibit the operation of watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Carry A Whistle
Make sure you’re carrying a whistle before getting off with your jet ski ride. In the event you’re thrown off the vessel, you will be able to use this whistle to call for help easily.
Usually, if you’re renting a jet ski, the company will give you a thorough guide on safety tips and how to ride safely. However, knowing them beforehand and being mindful of them can help you double-check and assure your safety before you hit the waters.