Personal watercrafts (PWCs)—jet skis and wave runners – are popular amongst thrill seekers and families alike. But they can be just as dangerous as boats. In fact, in 2010, PWCs were the second deadliest water vessels, causing 814 deaths. That’s why operators need to take precautions and practice water safety habits at all times.
There are several items you should keep on your personal watercraft checklist to help avoid an emergency, including:
- A marine radio—in case you need to call for help or get the latest weather reports
- Proof of the right type of insurance coverage, in case of an accident or injury
- A compass, especially if you are not familiar with the water
- A signaling device—such as a flare kit or whistle
- A flashlight
- An up-to-date chart of the water that you’re going to be on
There are also mandatory items that PWC operators and passengers must have, including an approved personal flotation device and dead-man lanyard connecting the driver to the ignition .
To learn more about PWC and water safety, call us at Jet Trendz, 727-844-5361.