Safety Checks for Jet Skiing

Taking to the water with your jet ski can be exhilarating, and with our summer sunshine and vast coastline, heading out on the jet ski is a great way to spend a summers day. But it is important to remember that without the proper protection, checks and preparation, heading out on your jet ski can also be a potentially dangerous activity!

According to Royal Life Saving, 473 people drowned participating in boating or watercraft activity from 2005/06 to 2014/15, which includes jet skis, canoes, surf boards, paddlecrafts and large boating vessels such as yachts and house boats.

To avoid becoming another statistic, there are some vital checks you should undertake before you take your passengers and jet ski out on the water.

Check the Laws

The WA Department of Transport has set out requirements for jet ski and Personal Water Craft (PWC) users, you can download a copy of the requirements here, or a request a sticker to go on your jet ski via the Department of Transport.

Recreational Skippers Ticket

You are required to have a Recreational Skipper’s Ticket (RST) to use a jet ski. This licence is required by anyone who skippers registrable recreational vessel powered by a motor greater than 4.5kwp (6hp), which includes jet skis and other PWCs.

You can apply for an RST through the Department of Transport.

Local Laws

Just like you would check the conditions at your local beach if you wanted to go for a surf, make it a habit to check the details of the lake, river or area you want to take your jet ski, as some councils won’t allow jet ski use in lakes/rivers.

There are also speed restrictions in each area, make sure you check before you leave! According to the Department of Transport, a maximum speed limit of 8 knots applies when navigating:

  • In an 8 knot speed restricted area;
  • Through an arch of a bridge;
  • In or through a mooring area;
  • In any water having a depth of less than 3 metres;
  • Within 15 metres of a vessel underway; and
  • Within 50 metres of a moored vessel, a person in the water, a jetty or wharf, or a river bank or low water mark.

Lifejackets

In Western Australia, it is law for all passengers on a jet ski to wear a lifejacket – and there is a good reason why! According to the Royal Life Saving report mentioned above, 92% of the deaths involved victims not wearing a lifejacket.

Within protected waters, or within 400 metres of the shore in unprotected waters, a lifejacket Type 150, 100, or 50/50S must be worn by ALL passengers on board.

Write a List, Check it Twice

This method works for our friend in the North Pole, so writing up a checklist, laminating it, and checking it twice before you head out on the water is a great way to ensure the safety of you, your passengers and other water-users.

At the start of summer, after your jet ski has been sitting unused for months, we recommend bringing your craft in for the best Jet Ski Service in Perth. Our team will make sure your jet ski is performing at it’s optimum capacity and that you are ready to hit the water.

After that, you should use the following checklist to keep your jet ski safe.

  • Check the battery. Is it charged? Even if you only plan on going out for a short period of time, you should try to ensure the battery is fully charged.
  • Check your jet ski actually starts! Let the motor run for 30 seconds or so before you hook it up to your trailer and head out.
  • Check you have a full tank of fuel.
  • Check you have enough engine oil.
  • Check to see if your jet ski damaged at all, check the gas line for leaks!
  • Most importantly, check you have your safety lanyard.
  • Extra precautions: carry an emergency position indicating radio beacon, or EPIRB, if you’re planning to head more than two nautical miles off the coast.

Keep yourself and your passengers safe with Friday’s simple tips! For a jet ski service in Perth, or to pick yourself up a new jet ski for summer, contact the team at Friday’s today!


How To Protect Your Jet Ski During Winter

 

 

How To Protect Your Jet Ski During Winter

The cold and gloomy winter months don’t just mean a hiatus from the pursuit of the perfect beach body; they usually mean a temporary break from beach and water sports in general, including our beloved jet skis. But did you know that leaving your jet ski dormant in a shed or on a trailer at the back of your house could cause damage to your jet ski?

To protect your jet ski over winter, we have created a checklist of our top tips, which will keep it in the best shape for its return once the sun comes out again.

  1. Invest in a Good Cover

While a tarpaulin or some spare material might seem like a good temporary cover, they will still allow dust, bugs, frost, rain, sunlight and other damaging particles to reach your jet ski.

At Friday’s, we stock purpose-made jet ski covers, which are suited for all brands of jet ski. The covers are made to keep out the sun, avoid mildew growth and protect all the facets of your craft.

We also have covers specifically for Sea Doo jet skis. Check out our website for our full range of Sea Doo accessories online.

  1. Drain Your Ski

It’s important to drain any water from your engine before it goes into storage over winter. To do this, get your jet ski up onto the jet ski trailer and tilt it so that the back (stern) is lower than the front (bow). Turn on your engine and let it run for less than 30 seconds at a time, turning the handle back and forth to push excess water out from your engine.

  1. Clean The Ski

Give your ski a good scrub! Washing your ski down in important, as it will avoid any salt water from building up and staining your ski – it also gives you a good chance to give your craft a bit of extra TLC with a buff and shine.

  1. Disconnect The Battery

Keeping your battery in good condition is vital to keeping your craft up and running! Even when they are not being used, batteries can lose their charge. While a battery sits unused for months, it may not only lose its charge, but also it’s ability to maintain battery charge!

To avoid this, we recommend you remove the battery from your jet ski over winter. Once it is disconnected from the jet ski itself, find a secure surface away from any flammable materials and connect the battery up to a battery maintainer/automatic battery charger.

  1. Store it

While a good jet ski cover will protect your jet ski from the elements, it won’t protect it from thieves or from flammable substances!

Keep your jet ski in a secure location, preferably inside a shed or garage, out of sight and out of the harsh rain, wind and storms that come with winter.

Also keep your jet ski away from any machinery or tools that may produce a spark or a flame, or other flammable substances such as paints, as your full tank of petrol in the jetski won’t take long to catch alight.

  1. Servicing

Last but not least, winter is the perfect time to get your jet ski serviced or winterized for longer storage periods. We are passionate about jet skis, and aim to provide all our clients with professional service and advice to keep your jet ski healthy. Book a jet ski service in Perth with the team at Friday’s – head to our Servicing page to find out more.

Time for an ATV?

While your jet ski might take a hiatus over winter, you don’t have to! Winter is the perfect time to invest in an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or Quad Bike. Tackle the terrain and go off-road in one of our Can-Am ATV’s; enjoy driving through puddles and mud, head on a road trip and take on the sand dunes up north, or check out one of WA’s legal trail riding areas.

For all of your jet ski and ATV needs, contact Friday’s to make your weekends more exhilarating! Our professional team can provide advice, support, servicing and sales across a range of jet skis, ATV’s and accessories.


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