Required Equipment for A Seadoo
A jet ski is a machine built for fun on the water. With a focus on speed, stability, and agility, this type of vessel is ideal for adrenaline seekers and families alike as a way to enjoy fun in the sun. While a Seadoo is pretty much ready to go as soon as you buy it in terms of accessories, there are still a few crucial things you will need to make the experience safer and more enjoyable. Let’s take a look at some basically required equipment for a Seadoo.
1. Life jacket
This is the only item that is technically without a doubt considered required equipment for a Seadoo because the law dictates you have to wear a life jacket. You run the risk of getting a ticket and monetary fine for not wearing a life jacket. More importantly, a life jacket can literally save your life. Most people think they know how to swim so a life jacket should be optional on a jet ski, but in the event of an accident such as a collision with another rider or being thrown into choppy water and accidentally swallowing water on the way down, things can quickly take a turn for the worse. If you hit your head, break a bone, or injure your spine, your ability to swim will be one of the first things impacted and could quickly turn the situation to a life or death scenario. A life jacket is the only line of defense in a situation like this which is why it’s the law to wear one. It’s worth noting that life jackets should be worn by not the just the driver of the jet ski but also any passenger on a jet ski.
2. Jet ski anchor
A jet ski anchor is helpful when you want to stop while out on the water. If you don’t anchor, you are at the mercy of the waves which will constantly move you closer to shore. An anchor is ideal for staying stationary when you feel like it. There are several kinds available and in various sizes to accommodate your needs. The goal is to find one capable of anchoring your ride without weighing your ride down drastically during actual ride time. Make sure you look at the weight of the anchor in relation to the weight of your jet ski and always start with a lighter weight to test it out until you find the right one.
A jet ski is an investment in fun that you want to last for years of enjoyment. The best way to make sure the fun keeps going is to prevent theft. Unlike a car, a jet ski can be rather easy to steal if you aren’t careful. Consider investing in a jet ski lock to help prevent theft of your watercraft.
4. Waterproof phone case
We are all attached to our phones and take them everywhere we possibly can. While you might think twice about bringing your phone out on the water, it makes sense to bring it with you in case of medical emergencies or in case you get stranded. With waterproof phone cases, you can take the phone with you without as much worry. There are also waterproof phone boxes you can get in your storage space on the jet ski or waterproof cases you can hang around your neck.
5. Dry bag
If you don’t want to get a waterproof phone case, a dry bag is another option where you can house your phone and other valuables. A dry bag is made to keep the contents dry so that’s where riders put their most important items while riding such as phone, registration, insurance papers, wallet, towel, first aid kit, car keys, and even a change of clothes. It’s basically the safe spot for all the small and easy to lose essentials you need for a day on the water.
6. Folding paddle
While this isn’t required equipment for a Seadoo by law, you will still want one handy for the pure convenience of it. A quality folding paddle is the easiest way to get yourself and your jet ski back to shore in the event of an engine failure, empty fuel tank, or any other incident that makes your vessel undrivable. Provided it still floats, you can easily paddle back to shore and then fold it back up to use again in the future. It’s small and won’t take up much room on board but can save you a lot of time and frustration.
7. Emergency cut off key lanyard
This is something that comes with your jet ski so it isn’t extra equipment you need to buy, but it’s still one of the most important things to have at the ready. This is a lanyard you wear around your wrist which will kill the power to the jet ski when pulled out. It basically stops the jet ski and prevents it from getting away from you when you fall off into the water.
8. Whistle/air horn
When you spend enough time out on the water, there will eventually be an emergency situation. Whether someone is hurt, or you are trying to get the attention of someone else to signal danger, a whistle is a must-have for jet skiing. Another option is an air horn which is larger in terms of storage but often a bit louder than a whistle. Make sure the whistles are in a place that is easy to access at a moment’s notice such as around the necks of the driver and any passengers.