There’s nothing like a day on the water – jumping waves, the wind in your hair, the sun on your face. Riding a personal watercraft (PWC) can be thrilling, but like operating any other vessel, you must know the proper techniques and safety precautions to stay safe. Whether you have a Jet Ski, Sea-Doo, WaveRunner, or other type of watercraft, your top priority should be safety. We’ve rounded up some of the essentials to help ensure a positive and safe experience.
1. Enroll in a boaters safety course
The U.S. Coast Guard considers personal watercraft to be Class A vessels – meaning the same federal rules that apply to boats less than 16 feet also apply to PWCs. However, in terms of steering and performance, operating a PWC is very different than boating.