Looking for tips to make sure your first jet skiing experience is a memorable one? This blog will teach you everything you need to know about jet ski riding and renting a jet ski in Dubai.
In today’s post, we have gathered useful tips that first-time riders should know before mounting a jet ski. Check them out:
Enroll for a Boaters Safety Course/Training
Since you are going to be riding a jet ski for the first, I highly recommend you take a boaters safety course or jet ski riding training. A good starting point would be to watch YouTube videos or enroll for an affordable online crash course.
However, it is equally important that you try a hands-on jet ski riding training. This way you learn by doing before you actually riding without supervision.
Always Wear a Life Jacket Before Mounting a Jet Ski
Even if you are an expert swimmer, do not fail to wear a life jacket before mounting a jet ski. During jet skiing, it is common for people to fall of the watercraft. And sometimes even the most experienced swimmers develop cramp or pass out due to fatigue. At such time, a life jacket will keep you safe until someone arrives to rescue you.
Also, it is advisable to go for bright colors so that you can be easily spotted, should there be an emergency. And make sure you have a whistle attached to your life jacket
Make Sure Your Safety Lanyard Is In Place
Having the safety lanyard in place is as important as wearing a life jacket. Safety Lanyard is a cord that attaches you to the jet ski. It serves as a kill switch when you unmount or fall off the watercraft. Attaching this to your life jacket or your waist will signal the craft to stop running when you fall off so as not to crash on you or someone else.
Respect No-Wake Zones
In Dubai, authorities and community managers take the “no-wake zones” seriously and you can know if you are arriving at one when you see floating cones near shores and boats. The no-wake zones are created to regulate the speed of jet skiers and prevent waves from damaging other people’s boats. If you want to avoid nerve-wracking tickets, it’s advisable to respect no-wake zone rules.
What To Do When You Fall Off
Nowadays, falling off the jet ski isn’t as common as it used to be. This is because modern watercraft are built to be way larger to ensure balance during a ride as well as accommodate the riders comfortably.
However, you should avoid overloading the jet ski and make sure you do not go for the smaller ones when you are first starting out. In addition, if you are going to be renting, make sure you chose a watercraft that has a reboarding step.
Again, it is training and practicing in shallow water is very important for first-time riders. During the training, you will learn how to roll back and properly mount back, in case you fall off. But it is not that difficult once you understand how to do it.
Keep These Extra Precautions in Mind
When starting out, try as much as possible to ride in the afternoon or late morning when the water is calm with less busy. Speeding is part of the fun but excess speeding kills.
So, make sure you keep the speed at a controllable limit. In addition, do not drive after sunset and never drive after drinking. It is also important that you do not exceed the load limit stipulated on the watercraft. and finally, respect other water users and be on the lookout for anything that can cause an accident.
If you are in Dubai and looking to try jet ski riding for the first time, Ride in Dubai has some of the best jet skis in town and expert riders to help you get started.