Personal water craft (PWC), commonly known as jet skis are a favorite form of recreation. Although they should do not be any more dangerous than other water craft, people tend to operate them with less caution and run higher risks. By law, a personal water craft is a motor boat and thus must be registered and carry the required safety equipment, fire extinguisher and life jackets.
Researchers at the University of Florida have found injury to be far greater when caused by jet skis as opposed to other boating accidents. More closed-head injuries, trauma to the chest, and abdominal injuries were sustained by patients riding jet skis. Most injuries occurred when a rider was ejected from the craft after hitting an object in the water. The study compared the dangers of personal water craft as similar to motorcycles.
When riding jet skis, safety is important to keep in mind. Reading the owner’s manual, wearing proper safety equipment such as eye protection and a PFD lifejacket and having a whistle are all imperative. Be sure to attach the safety lanyard, so that in case of a fall, no one is left stranded at sea. Stay clear of areas which have peoples swimming or wildlife. Never ride at night and stay at least 100 feet away of other water craft. Be familiar with the water to avoid collisions. Know where the sandbars and rock places are.