As with any other sport, even jetski has rules and regulations that guide riders to keep their experience safe for themselves and the other surrounding riders. Though unwritten or unknown, knowing and following these rules is extremely vital to keep your ride free from all potential hazards.
Right Of Way
Knowing the right of way is one of the most crucial unwritten rules that you should follow to keep your ride comfortable and more streamlined. This is where when you’re approaching an oncoming craft, you have to stay to the “right”, and if you’re about to cross paths with another jet ski, then the craft on the right side has the “right of way”. This is a common unwritten rule or a general standard used not just for watercraft but when driving on the road as well.
While this is an ethical practice it is another unwritten rule that makes you environmentally friendly as a rider. Whatever you carry on your jet ski, carry them out. Don’t toss them overboard as it’s an inexcusable misstep for nature and can heavily damage ecosystems.
Don’t spill fuel, oil, or leave litter or other pollutants in the waterways. Alongside, make sure not to operate your jet ski close to wildlife or aquatic vegetation. This will help you minimize the impact of your ride on nature and spare the craft’s machinery from unnecessary damage.
Wave or Wake Jumping
If your ride takes you across the wake of another craft, make sure your craft will not disturb the visibility for you and the others. Large boats may not be able to see you, and may not be able to get out of your way in time to avoid a collision.
Speed limits for jet skiing are usually set by local regulations. While it’s the duty of the jet ski rental company to educate you on the operating speed, it’s equally your responsibility to know them before you set out on the water. Failing to keep up with the speed limit can end you up with a fine or in worst cases can get you into an accident. Additionally, make it a general practice to slow down in congested areas, just as you would when driving a car.
Noise Of Jet Skis
Always be conscious of the noise your craft makes. Too much noise can end up in complaints and contribute to noise pollution. One of the best ways to reduce unnecessary noise emissions is to avoid operating at high speed near the shoreline, waterline properties, and other boaters. It’s also recommended to reduce noise if you’re jet skiing early in the morning.
Wear The Proper Safety Equipment
While it’s the legal obligation of the jet ski rental company to provide you with the relevant safety equipment there are some things that you can use to elevate the safety and comfort of your experience. This includes using eye protection to prevent water from splashing, tennis shoes or deck shoes and gloves to offer better control of your craft, and a whistle attached to the life jacket to summon help in the event of an emergency.
Lastly, another common unwritten rule of jet skiing is the need to be vigilant. Try to always look around you when you’re riding the craft. Especially if you are in a busy recreational area there will be multiple boats, so watch where you’re going as collisions can be devastating. Make vigilance a constant practice before you take turns, cross the wake of another craft or speed up.