Category: Safety Tips

The Purpose of Wake Zones

If you have ever found yourself boating around on any major waterway, you have no doubt seen the wake signs standing out of the water that almost look like the speed signs on our roadways. What are they and what do they mean? What is a wake? A wake is a disturbance of the water… Read more »

Everything You Need to Know About Hurricane Season

No matter how many or how few you’ve been through, hurricanes should never be taken lightly. They can not only destroy homes, but also lives, which means everyone living or visiting the Gulf of Mexico should be well-prepared when a hurricane hits. In order to do that, you need to know everything there is about… Read more »

Rip Currents: What They Are, How to Spot One, and How to Escape One

You’re swimming along the beach, having a good time, when suddenly a current overtakes you. It feels like you’re being pulled under, but in reality, you’re being quickly swept out to sea, the shore becoming smaller and smaller with each second. This is what happens when you find yourself in a rip current—one of the… Read more »

The Different Beach Flag Warnings

Whether you’re going out on the water or taking a stroll along the beach, you should always be aware of the different beach flag warnings. The beach flag warning system is meant to protect you from potentially dangerous elements, but you need to know what each flag means first. Here’s a quick list of the… Read more »

Jellyfish Stings: How to Prevent Them and How to Treat Them

Madeira Beach is home to all kinds of jellyfish: moon jellies, Atlantic sea nettle, cannonball, pink meanie and comb jellyfish, as well as two of the most dangerous types – the Portuguese man of war and the box jellyfish. This means you need to be on high alert for jellyfish both on the water and… Read more »

Jet Ski Safety Tips

Riding a jet ski is fun and exhilarating, but like most things, you need to be careful with them. Jet skis are powerful machines, and if not used properly, can lead to accidents. So what can you do to make sure you stay safe on your ride? Wear a life jacket One of the most… Read more »

Importance of Life Jackets

Whenever you find yourself out on the water, either for a leisurely boat ride or a fun jet ski adventure, then you need to use a life jacket. However, some people are not sold on the benefits of life jackets. If you are still skeptical, then let’s look at the many reasons life jackets are… Read more »

Keep These Jet Ski Techniques in Mind

It’s a beautiful, sunny day. The water looks crystal clear. The tide is just perfect. And the jet ski is ready to go. But before you embark on that jet ski expedition, it’s worth revisiting techniques you may have learned from a class or instructor beforehand, for safety purposes. That way, your jet ski adventure… Read more »

Tips for Beginner Jet Ski Riders

Never 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… Read more »

Stay Safe on the Water with These Five Steps

Here at Woody’s Watersports, we always want those who ride our jet skis to have an amazing time out on the water in the safest way possible. Luckily, we can sum up our safety goals with one word: SIPDE. That stands for Scan, Identify, Predict, Decide, and Execute. Let’s dive in! Scan Just like driving… Read more »