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Tips for Beginner Jet Ski Riders

Jet Ski Riding for the First TimeNever jet skied before? You’re in for a treat! It can take a little while to really get the hang of jet skiing, so read on for a few handy tips for beginner jet ski riders.

Safety first

The first thing you need to do is make sure you’re riding safely. Always wear a life jacket, and keep the engine shut-off clip attached to your waist at all times so you can cut the engine if you lose your balance and fall into the water. Always be aware of your surroundings, and never drink while operating a jet ski.

Get going

Start off by holding firmly onto the handles of your jet ski. Engage the throttle while keeping your speed low, about 5 to 10 miles per hour, and stay close to shore until you get comfortable. This is a great time to practice your turns, which can be challenging for beginners.

Prepare for impact

Accelerate slowly to gain speed. It’s normal for the nose of the jet ski to lift slightly from the water. Lift your body above the seat a little bit to minimize impact as the jet ski hits the water again.

Pass with care

When overtaking another vessel, make sure to stay as far away from it as possible, so the other driver is aware of your presence. This helps avoid accidents.

There’s no better place to take your first jet ski ride than beautiful Madeira Beach, Florida. Check out Woody’s Watersports for the ride of a lifetime. Visit us to enjoy the beautiful scenery, roam with the dolphins and take a ride on one of our rental jet skis. We can’t wait to see you!

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