Ways To Stay Safe On Personal Watercraft

Posted on December 01, 2016

People love travelling through watercraft as they experience a different kind of thrill in their journey. But you should know about the watercraft safety tips before you even plan for your water travel.

Hire a vessel and make sure to verify the boat licence. Hire only government licensed vessel as there are many watercrafts which do not have licence. To be in the safer side, hire licensed crafts only. Many people love skiing but we should remember that skiing may become dangerous if you are not fully trained.

To enjoy a safe skiing, you should make sure that your ski boat is licensed. There are boat and jetski licence training providers in Australia who will train you on how to operate a jetski in the safest way. Their training will help you obtain the required licence.

A few tips to follow

• Understand the operational characteristics of the watercraft which you are going to hire. Hence, read carefully the Instructions and the Operator’s Guide.

• Make sure that your hired vessel is Coast Guard. It must contain all the essential equipment and facilities.

• Always keep attached the Personal Flotation Device and remember that all the riders should wear properly fitted approved Coast Guard Personal Flotation Device or the PFD. The passengers and the operator should wear protective clothing.

• The protective clothing includes thick firmly woven snug-fitting clothes which can provide sufficient protection. Thin shorts are not appropriate to wear while travelling in a boat. Internal injuries may happen if water enters inside your body. To avoid such injuries you should not stand at the edge of the vessel. Normal swimsuits are unable to protect against powerful water entry into the lower openings of the body of females and males.

• Gloves, footwear and sunglasses are optional, but it is better to use them when travelling in a watercraft. Flexible and lightweight foot protection is also suggested as this reduces the chances of injuries if you at all step on a pointed undersea object.

• Do not overload your vessel. Do not cross its loading capacity of passengers. It may turn out to be dangerous in the middle of the sea.

• Remain cautious of your surroundings in the sea. Always be close to other watercrafts, divers, skiers and swimmers, so that if any emergency arise, they can help you.

Also, you should avoid jumping and splashing water on other vessels when they are crossing your vessel. Your vessel maybe imbalanced and you may have to face serious consequences. Hence, observe all the government boating laws.