Jetskiing is one of the most exciting leisure activities you can do all year round in Dubai. It involves maneuvering a personal watercraft that goes for speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. As with any activity, it’s important for both jetski beginners and pros alike to observe the proper etiquettes and manners to ensure an enjoyable, accident-free session.
Be respectful of fellow beach-goers.
Having fun in the water should not be at the expense of the other people around you. Remember to be respectful and keep on the lookout for people and other vehicles in your path. Make sure to keep a safe distance of at least 30 meters from swimmers and watercrafts in the area, both anchored and in motion. Reduce your speed when in close proximity to residential areas to keep the noise to a minimum as well. It’s best to avoid drinking before your session to reduce risks of causing disruption and collisions in the area.
Apply the right of way.
Similar to land vehicles, watercraft must also follow the right-of-way on water. When approaching another vehicle ahead while jetskiing, make sure to stay on the right-hand side. If another water vehicle is approaching from your right, slow down and let the vehicle pass before proceeding.
This is one of the most common, but still frequently violated unsaid rules in any environment. Be conscious of any traces of solid and liquid waste you might leave on the water. If possible, don’t take any disposable items or items that might get thrown off-board before the start of your jetski trip. Additionally, make sure to keep away from any aquatic animal or coral reefs when jetskiing. It’s best to consult your instructor or the locals in the vicinity for specific areas you should avoid during your jetski session.
Be mindful of your speed.
Keep accidents at bay by slowing down when within the vicinity of people and other vehicles. Pay heed to local regulations pertaining to speed limits and restricted access to avoid fines and injury to yourself or others.
Wear your safety gear.
Different cities apply different rules, but the one customary rule that applies to all jetski goers is to follow safety precautions, starting with proper protective gear. The majority of new jetski models are equipped with a kill switch key that stops the engine instantly in case of falling. To ensure your safety, do a thorough check of your safety key, life jacket, and helmet by examining the sizing and quality seal. For extra precaution, you can bring a whistle to bring attention to yourself in case of any need for rescue.
Keep these jetski etiquettes in mind ahead of hitting the waters to guarantee a fun and safe jetski session for you and your peers. To get a more comprehensive explanation of jetski safety guidelines, consult an experienced jetski instructor.