Everyone loves the adrenaline-pumping amusement of a jet ski, racing through the water. Jet skis are one of the most popular water sports for both vacationers and locals in beach communities who are looking for an afternoon of fun. However, they can intimidate first-time riders or even those who haven’t maneuvered one for a while. American Watersports offers jet ski rentals to adventure-seekers in the Fort Lauderdale area every day, and here are four tips for your first time on a jet ski.
1. Dress Appropriately for the Ride
We always go over the safety guidelines with our renters, and the very first thing we will address is that all riders must wear a coast-guard approved life-jacket. Aside from that, you’ll want to make sure you arrive in the appropriate swimwear and eyewear. Even if you don’t fall into the water, you will likely get water splashed on you. Wear something comfortable and can get wet!
2. Keep the Jet Ski Straight
You need to keep the jet ski straight for a smooth ride, but that is more difficult than it sounds. You can determine whether the jet ski is straight more easily by looking out toward the horizon, rather than down at the handlebars.
3. Stay in Your Comfort Zone
When it’s your first time riding a jet ski, you should stay within your comfort zone to control your personal watercraft. This can be applied both to your speed, as well as your position on the jet ski. Some riders like to stand so their legs can absorb the shock waves from the water, but that could also make you vulnerable to falling off. Always make sure that you accelerate gradually, especially if you are turning.
4. Speed Up to Steer the Jet SkiIt may sound counterintuitive, but you need to keep your hand on the throttle and accelerate in order to properly steer the jet ski. You’ll have more control by keeping your finger on the throttle to quickly steer away from something in your path. We are programmed to slow down in our cars if there is something we need to avoid, but you’ll have to speed up in your jet ski.
Make Your Reservation & Let the Fun Begin
American Watersports would love to help you maximize your leisure time in Florida this summer. In addition to our jet ski rentals, we can provide stand up paddle board rentals and kayak rentals. Contact us today at (954) 946-1811 to make your reservation for an afternoon of fun. Our water sports rentals are available in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, and the surrounding Florida communities.