When we are being honest, we can all admit that jet skis are a lot of fun! That is why they are part of the perfect water holiday, or they are an excellent addition to making an exhilarating afternoon on the water. However, as with everything in life, they do pose their own threat of danger if you do not follow the correct safety procedures. As the old saying goes, “it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt”. And no one ever wants anyone to get hurt, especially when they are riding such a great water craft!
Jet Ski Equipment
The first step to making sure that the fun never stops is to make sure that you have the right safety equipment! First and foremost, everyone needs to ensure that they have the correct type of life jacket for this vessel, the body of water they will be in and their body! You need to make sure that you have a safety lanyard that will cut out the engine in the case of someone falling off.
Every country and body of water will have its own safety regulations based on the conditions of the water, the life that exists within it and of course the amount of other water vessels that will occupy that same space. South Africa is no exception to this. South African maritime law states that:
- Jet skis that are less than 3 meters in length are to refrain from the ocean, with a few areas as the exception.
- Your water vessel needs to be registered through a water sporting body.
- The vessel needs to be operated and guided by a skipper with an R-license
- The vessel needs to undergo an annual safety inspection and receive a certificate of authentication.
- A 10 meter tow line and an approved buoyancy aid must be present of board of the vessel.
Besides for the safety regulations, there are a few safety tips that you would need to follow. This includes:
- Operating the vessel without the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
- Respect the speed limits that apply to that certain body of water.
- Be observant for other water vessels and other water users.
- Respect any swimmers in the water.
- Always be vigilant, especially when you are going to make any turns and change direction.
Jet skis are great fun and they are great water vessels! Be sure to operate them safely at all times. If you are looking for a new jet ski, be sure to visit Boat CC to view their range of jet skis and other boating, camping and caravanning equipment!