Sometimes, traditional after school sports or extracurriculars just won’t cut it. We get it!
If you are an avid powersports fan, jetski racing is a great way to get your child involved in a fun environment. If you or your child are interested in getting started in jetski racing, we have some tips on how to get involved!
First, it’s important to note that there are some limitations to children racing in closed course racing events. Currently, kids must be at least 10 years of age to race, and are only allowed to race stand up watercraft.
1. START SMALL
To get the most out of their experience, it’s a great idea to start with a smaller and slower watercraft. This allows your child to learn the basics, establish balance, and get a feel for operating a motorized vehicle without getting spooked. We recommend starting your child out on a Kawasaki 440/550, Kawasaki 650SX, Yamaha SuperJet, or Kawasaki SXR 800.
Kids are put into the “Junior Class” racing level. This classification allows for kids ages 10-15 to compete in closed course racing against other kids of the same age.
2. WHAT CLASS?
The classes for Junior Riders are as follows:
JUNIOR 10-12 LITES*
This class allows kids ages 10-12 to race a stock Yamaha SuperJet (two-stroke) or a Kawasaki SX-R 800.
JUNIOR 13-15 LITES*
This class allows kids ages 13-15 to race a stock Yamaha SuperJet (two-stroke) or a Kawasaki SX-R 800.
For beginner riders, we generally recommend getting your child started in the Lites class. This class is the most entry-level friendly when it comes to horsepower and safety.
JUNIOR 13-15 STOCK*
This class allows kids august 13-15 to race the Kawasaki SX-R 1500.
*Junior classes do allow a limited number of modifications to the watercraft to help with handling and speed. Tech rules may vary based on the event or association.
3. SAFETY FIRST
Before getting your kid out on the track, make sure you have everything you need to pass safety inspection at the races. Racing associations and events will require the following:
- US Coast Guard approved Life Vest
- DOT/SNELL approved helmet
- Working Kill Switch (engine shuts off when key is pulled)
- Tow loop on bow eye
While not required, we also recommend:
- Water shoes or race boots
4. WHAT TO PRACTICE
TURNING – To help your child prepare for their first race, we recommend getting them comfortable with slalom style turns. Setting out buoys for them in a slalom style pattern will allow them to practice both left and right turns, just like the race track.
AWARENESS – It’s likely your child will be going from riding alone to riding with a group of other kids on the starting line. It’s important to teach your child to keep alert and be mindful of their surroundings to avoid incidents.
STARTING PROCEDURE – Most racing associations you a rubber band starting system. Your child will line up alongside their competition and take off when the rubber band snaps.
If your child is age 10-12, they will be allowed to start while sitting in the tray. If your child is 13-15, they will be required to have one foot on the ground, while one knee can be in the tray during the start. It’s important to practice the take off required for your child’s class.
5.FIND A RACE
Jetski racing takes place around the world. The U.S. is divided into several regions that put on local events.