Four safety tips for new personal watercraft owners

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The wind, the waves, the sun: There’s nothing like a day on the lake, enjoying your new personal watercraft.

But if you have recently purchased a personal watercraft, you might not have had the time to learn all about safety yet. Safety, however, is key to enjoying your time on the water – and not having a tragedy occur.

So, before your ride your personal watercraft (like a Jet Ski or WaveRunner), here are four safety tips. Read on:

Take a personal watercraft safety class

The US Coast Guard recommends all personal watercraft owners take a safety class before hitting the waves. PWC are considered Class A vessels, which means they need to follow the same rules as boats. Some states require PWC owners to complete a safety class, but in case your state does not, don’t skip this important step. It’s definitely different than driving a car – or a boat!

Have a safety kit on board

You will need a safety kit on board your PWC that should include a life jacket for everyone (ideally, you would be wearing it at all times!), a fire extinguisher, a whistle or other loud signaling device, a flare, a radio or cell phone (don’t forget the waterproof case!) a flashlight, a first aid kit and possibly an anchor.

This is just a starting point; you might need other items too, so make sure you don’t go out unprepared.

Proper gear

If you are operating your PWC you should be wearing the proper gear. The first thing you need is a life jacket and possible goggles to protect your eyes. Some people wear booties or water shoes for better traction and gloves for better grip. Depending on the weather and location of your PWC, you can even wear a wetsuit. And a helmet is never a bad idea!

Extras

Some people like to have a small paddle on board in case their PWC runs out of gas or the engine breaks down. And a floating keychain or wet bag for your essentials isn’t a bad idea either, in case you capsize.

If you store your PWC when you aren’t using it, a protective cover can protect it from the elements.

It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on the weather before heading out.

Crumrine Financial Services

At Crumrine Financial Services, we can help you properly insure your new personal watercraft. Call us for a quote today.