Riding Tips PWC/Jet Ski

Jet SkiWhat you may need:

May we suggest:

  • Eye Protection
  • Wetsuit/Drysuit
  • Footwear
  • Gloves
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Water proof case or container for cell phone in case of emergency and wallet
  • A small cooler with non alcoholic beverages and snacks
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes for end of day
  • A large plastic bag for your wet things

Safe Riding Practices

  • Any person operating a Good Time Rentals PWC must be 18 or older. Everyone who rides the PWC must wear a personal floatation device (PFD) at all times.
  • A PWC should only be operated in 3 or more feet of water.  Damage to the unit will occur if water is less than 3 feet deep.
  • Become familiar with the area in which you will be operating.
  • Be aware of hazards and speed limits.
  • Become familiar with basic rules of the water particularly as they apply to vessels in sight of one another in crossing, meeting and overtaking situations.
  • Travel at a slow no-wake speed for the first 200’ from shore and when the situation warrants it.
  • Keep a safe distance from other boaters, watercraft, swimmers, docks and keep clear of wildlife.
  • Be aware that it is against the law to operate a PWC under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Do not operate PWC in restricted visibility between sunset and sunrise.
  • Be considerate of others by not operating for long periods in one spot or by avoiding shoreline places such as launching ramps, picnic areas and swimming areas.
  • Always check the weather forecast before starting out; be alert for wave, wind and cloud changes that signal bad weather approaching.
  • Carry out a pre-ride inspection as recommended by manufacture.

Driving Tips

  • Start and shut off the engine and be aware that the PWC will not steer without power; power must be maintained through the pump.
  • Know that the lanyard connection to the start/stop switch must be secured to either the personal floatation device (PFD) or wrist.
  • Know how to safely approach and depart from dock, always drawing near another object from the side, not head-on.
  • Practice how to board, re-board and re-right PWC if you’ve fallen off of it and are in the water.
  • Know how to us a chart, map and compass (if applicable).
  • Know how and when to use distress signals or flares (if applicable).
  • Know all of the PWC’s equipment and how it functions.  A great example is to know the contents of the emergency kit and where it is located.
  • Know how to ventilate the gas tank and understand how long a tank of fuel will generally last.  It is a great rule of thumb to use about 1/3 of the fuel to get to the destination, 1/3 to return to port, thereby leaving 1/3 in reserve in case of emergency.