Check Out These Basics To Enhance Your Sea Doo Ride Experience… 

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So what are the best Sea Doo riding essentials for experienced riders and beginners on self guided jet ski adventures? Going on a Sea Doo tour in Ontario and throughout Canada is easier than ever thanks to the rider-friendly technology on Sea-Doo watercraft. Brake, reverse, neutral starting, suspension and cruise control are just a few of the innovations that making riding a Sea Doo like my GTX S 155 a breeze. In fact, going Sea Doo riding is so comfortable and hassle-free that it’s easy to overlook the non-tech essentials whose absence can make your awesome ride abysmal. There are many more on my list, but these ones are some basic essentials for Sea Doo riders that you should never to leave home without…

Riding Essentials – Sea Doo & Jet Ski Personal Flotation Device (PFD)…

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Along with your bathing suit, a PFD is the most essential item for both operators and passengers to wear while riding a Sea Doo watercraft. Your PFD not only keeps you afloat in the water, it also offers some protection for your torso from cold, waves and sun. Sea Doo offers a range of PFD’s with comfortable styles and affordable prices to suit every need, so be sure to buy one that’s properly sized for you. Keep it on and properly fastened whenever you’re on board.

Riding Essentials – Sun Protection…

Don’t be fooled by the cooling breeze and spray into thinking that your skin’s not frying while riding a Sea Doo watercraft on a hot summer day. If you don’t want to be burned to a crisp by the direct and reflected sunrays, always apply a generous coat of a high SPF sunscreen half an hour before heading out on the water and renew it regularly.

Riding Essentials – Eye Protection…

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You won’t get far on a bright sunny day on dazzling waters without a good pair of goggles or wrap around sunglasses. Make sure your sunglasses are rated to remove 99% of UVA and UVB rays or you might suffer eye damage – which is the other good reason for eyewear: protection from the wind, water and things like flying insects. Use a floating eyewear retainer so your glasses don’t sink.

Riding Essentials – Hydration…

It may seem strange to be surrounded by water without anything to drink. You may not even be thirsty, but nothing sucks the moisture out of your body like a hot day in the sun. So carry several bottles of water with you and sip them frequently throughout the day to avoid getting dehydrated.

Riding Essentials – Mooring Line…

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As much as you’re out to ride, eventually you’ll need to stop somewhere and that’s when a mooring line becomes essential – to tie up to a dock, tree, buoy or other craft. It keeps your watercraft from floating away or getting damaged. Acquire a long, strong one that can also double as a towrope if needed. For best selection in person or online, check out The Rope Store.

Riding Essentials – Communications…

Typically, you’ll never need them, but should you get into any difficulty, having a whistle, flare cell phone or sat phone handy will get you out of trouble sooner. Use waterproof bags for anything that water will damage.

As you become a more experienced Sea Doo rider, you’ll add many other “essentials” to your own personal riding list to cover the many different riding conditions you’ve encountered, and that’s a good thing!

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The tips and advice in this article are the opinions of the author, may not work in every situation and are intended only for the convenience and interest of the reader, who has the personal responsibility to confirm the validity, accuracy and relevancy of this information prior to putting it to their own use.

 

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