One way of having a good and memorable time with your children is through water sports. It’s probably one of the few things that could actually make them drop their smartphones for a moment and start having some real fun. Jet skis are among the most popular water sporting attractions that you and your kids could spend. If you don’t own one, you could always grab one of those jet ski rentals Myrtle Beach. It will save you the burden of having to buy your own.
However, there are a couple of things that you do need to consider before letting your kids zipping across the water. Jet skis can be potentially dangerous if used improperly. That’s why it is always important to let your teens go tough a number of safety tips before they could hit the water.
Basic safety on jet skis
A lot of people don’t understand the dangers that come with using a jet ski without proper knowledge, particularly on the safety side of things. What’s more troubling is that kids aren’t taught the basic jet ski safety. Unlike boats, jet skis are handled differently which means the safety tips are not the same. Here are a couple of basic jet ski safety tips to avoid untoward incidents:
- Never attempt to operate a jet ski on water levels below 2 feet
- Build awareness of your surroundings, including docks, boats, other watercrafts, and other objects that might be in the water.
- Always reinforce the use of safety gear before operating a jet ski
- Wear non-slip shoes to prevent slipping on wet surfaces
- Never forget to attach to your wrist the start/stop cord
- Do not turn the throttle without warning when other passengers are on board
Jet ski safety courses
Based on the data gathered by the American Boating Organization, around 84% of people who operate personal watercraft have had not proper safety training. This has caused a lot of accidents, particularly with jet skis users. Each state has a different set of rules that govern personal watercraft use by adults and children. You may check out the American Boating Organization’s website to know more about what rules apply in the state you’re in regarding teen usage of jet skis.
PWC (personal watercraft) laws by state
There are different laws for PWCs in each state. This erases any misconception that there are universal rules to using PWCs, jet skis in particular. This applies for owned and jet ski rentals as well. Take time to familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations put in place in your state to keep you and your children safe when operating PWCs.
Constant adult supervision
Regardless of whether your child has experience using a jet ski or not, adult supervision is necessary. Teenagers, in particular, like to explore more ways of operating a jet ski. Teens are the likely bunch to get into accidents. Having an adult around while teens are operating personal watercraft is a must. This will prevent them from doing any dangerous stunts that could cause anywhere from minor to major, or even fatal injuries.
Jet skis are fun and a great way to spend a summer vacation. However, safety is the top priority. This must be the number one rule at all times. It is also the responsibility of the parents to understand the gravity of these rules and must reinforce them in an effective manner.
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