Sometimes, traditional after school sports or extracurriculars just won’t cut it. We get it!
If you are an avid powersports fan, jetskiing and jetski racing is a great way to get your child involved in a fun environment. If you are thinking about getting your child started on a stand up watercraft, we have some tips!
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.
2. SAFETY FIRST
Before getting your kid out on the water, make sure you check your state’s rules and regulations for operating personal watercraft, these may vary by location.
-PWC riders are required by the US Coast Guard to wear a personal floatation device. Make sure that you get your child a US Coast Guard approved life vest – and make sure it fits well. It’s important that the vest will not slide up and over their head while buckled.
– We recommend getting your child a DOT/SNELL recommended full-face helmet. Much like riding a bicycle — it’s just a good idea.
– Before putting your child on the watercraft, make sure that the Start/Stop tether/lanyard is working. If the key is removed from a fall, the engine of the watercraft should shut off. Make sure the tether is attached to your child’s wrist or lift vest.
3. START SLOW
We recommend taking your child out to ride when the water is calm and fairly empty. This gives your child the opportunity to get a feel for the machine without hazards or additional variables. Calm water conditions will make it easier for your child to practice boarding, standing up, and turning the watercraft.
4. KEEP AN EYE
Keeping an eye on your child as they learn to ride is important. If you do not have a watercraft of your own to ride along, we recommend setting boundaries to keep your child from riding too far away. Buoys, houses, or landmarks make easily-identifiable limits.
5. CHEER THEM ON
Getting started on personal watercraft can be intimidating at any age. As an inherently dangerous activity, it’s important that you educate your child on the safety of the sport as well as the fun. Encourage them to ride smart, and safe!