Being a good rider means never compromising the safety of
yourself or others. Read our safety tips before you take
Play it nice
Avoid aggressive manoeuvres when riding to avoid the risk of
collision and other accidents. Do not jump wakes or waves.
Avoid riding in fog
Not only will you have poor visibility, other crafts might not
be able to see you. A PWC gives a weak (if any) radar return.
Do not ride at night
You must not ride a PWC at night since it does not have
navigation lights fitted which are compulsory.
Bring a friend
The safest way to go to sea is with another PWC so you can help
each other should there be an accident.
Constantly look around for other crafts and people in the
Take early action
Remember that PWCs do not have brakes (except Sea-Doo models),
so slow down and stick to the boating rules to avoid a potential
collision. But remember not to release throttle when trying to
steer away from objects - you need the throttle to steer.
Never apply throttle when anyone is at the rear of the PWC
This can cause severe injury, so be careful.
Stay away from intake grate when the engine is on
If long hair, loose clothing or other items get stuck in moving
parts it could result in severe injury or drowning.
Equipment for an emergency could mean the difference between
life and death. Bring flares, a length of rope and a mobile phone
kept in a waterproof bag.
And if you capsize...
First make sure the engine is turned off. Swim to the rear of
the PWC and turn it upright, making sure you turn in the right
direction. Then board from the rear.