Myrtle Beach jet ski

Myrtle Beach jet skiLearning how to rid a jet ski for the first time can be quite intimidating. Most modern jet skis run as fast as 70 mph and that means getting injured is quite easy. Learning how to properly ride a jet ski is easy and to make things a lot simpler, provided below are some tips to help you get started.

Be Prepared

You need to make sure that you have enough fuel for the day, you have the right documentation, and a life jacket readily available. Several states mandates for jet ski rental riders to wear life jackets and in some cases licenses as well. It is better to know what is required ahead of time.

Understand Jet Skis

The controls used by jet skis vary according to its design and brand. You need to know beforehand  where the throttle is located as well as the emergency shut off. You have to connect the emergency shutoff lanyard to yourself just in case you fall off. If your jet ski rental has a braking system, you need to know where it is located too. Before you starting learning how to ride this watercraft, the first thing you have to do is familiarize yourself with the kind of watercraft that you will be riding.

Get Started

First of all, you have to sit down comfortably and put both of your hands firmly on the handlebars. Once you have started the jet ski, push the throttle slowly. Cruise between 5 and 10mph up until you have moved away from the shoreline. There are individuals who prefer to stay close to the shore up until they start to feel comfortable to the throttle’s sensitivity.


Once you are at a safe distance from the shore, then you can start to increase your speed gradually. Always remain in your comfort zone and practice turning your jet ski while at a low speed. Lean in the direction you wish to turn and make sure that your passengers also do the same. Always remember that because there is no rudder, the majority of jet skis will require you to increase your speed so you can turn. Other modern jet ski models have the ability to turn without increasing the speed, but most usually cannot do this.

Riding Wakes

Once you have started to feel comfortable riding a jet ski, you can begin jumping wakes. Learning the basics of jumping wakes is among the best parts when it comes to riding a jet ski rental. One important thing you have to remember is that you should take things slow. Don’t go too fast to jump a wake because if you do, the jet ski will push through the wave and not jump it. Jumping wakes correctly takes time, patience, and a lot of practice.

Final Tips

When you have finally learned how to ride a Myrtle Beach jet ski, there are a few other things that you have to take into consideration. You need to know if it is legal for you to ride a jet ski. Anybody can learn how to ride a jet ski but there are some states wherein a licensed is needed. Most states have an age requirement. Don’t forget to check your local laws so you will know if you need or do not need a license to ride a jet ski rental.

Take note of your surroundings. Riding a Myrtle Beach jet ski rental is comparable to riding a motorcycle. A lot of people are not aware of their surroundings so you need to make sure that you look out for yourself. Waterways are usually open and uncrowded but that does not mean that accidents do not happen.

Once you have become comfortable in riding a jet ski, never push past your limits. There is nothing wrong with having some fun but you need to draw a line to keep yourself and your passenger safe. Additionally, you should never ride a jet ski while drinking. You should also have a good etiquette on the water. To make sure that you learn everything you need to know about riding a jet ski, it is always recommended to have a pro by your side. Fortunately, Action Water Sportz provides guides with every jet ski rental.

Call Action Water Sportz if you are looking for a jet ski rental.

Action Water Sportz
1525 13th Ave N
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
(843) 280-4100

Action Water Sportz Barefoot Landing
2051 Bridge View Ct
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Action Water Sportz Little River
4430 Kingsport Road
Little River SC 29566