Discover How To Extend Your Riding Season by Dressing Warm… 

Photo of Dressing Warm For Sea Doo Tours on a cold day

How about Dressing Warm For Sea-Doo Tours? Over years of jet ski adventures, I’ve noticed that summer’s hanging in longer, often well into autumn. This can extend your Sea Doo, jet ski or waverunner personal watercraft riding season in Ontario and throughout Canada considerably, but experienced riders and beginners should be prepared for cooler mornings, fewer hours of daylight and falling water temperature. Here are five tips for dressing warm for cooler days and for fall Sea Doo riding. Most of this gear is not activity-specific and is available at good sports or outdoor stores – and also check out my other riding tips.

Dressing Warm For Sea Doo Tours – Cover Up…

With cooler mornings and generally lower temperature, bare skin will likely be uncomfortable parts of (or all of) the day for Sea Doo riders. Exposed flesh on legs, ankles, feet, wrists or neck can get downright chilly. So cover up with long pants and long sleeves, full booties, full-finger gloves and neck dickeys or bandannas.

Dressing Warm For Sea Doo Tours – Layer Up…

Just as you would for a winter activity, layering is the key to fall comfort and warmth on a PWC. The latest high tech materials are quick drying, moisture wicking and thermal retaining. Start with a light base layer next to your skin top and bottom, then add a mid-layer (or two) as needed, preferably one with a higher neck. I have one that is also made of windstopper material. These will help keep body heat inside and dry fast if wet. Also remember that your body core will be warmed somewhat by your PFD while Sea Doo riding.

Dressing Warm For Sea Doo Tours – Shell Out…

Your outer shell should help keep heat in, but as important, keep cold out. I have a bright yellow Icon motorcycle-riding jacket made from wind and waterproof material that works very well, especially if I’m likely to get sprayed or rained on. I also have a Sea-Doo neoprene riding jacket that is warmer, but not as good in the rain. Both have Velcro cuff seals at the wrist, are long enough to cover my butt while sitting and are sized larger enough to fit comfortably over my Sea Doo ride PFD.

Dressing Warm For Sea Doo Tours – Heads Up…

A huge amount of body heat is lost when a Sea Doo rider’s head is bare. While Sea Doo riding, your head and face are also very exposed to the cold wind. So it’s important to wear protection for your head, neck, face and ears. I have a ball cap and scarf for normal wear, but switch to a thermal paddling cap or hood when the mercury drops. I also use my neoprene No Fog face mask from snowmobiling.

Dressing Warm For Sea Doo Tours – Feet First…

If your feet are cold, you’ll soon be chilly all over on a Sea Doo ride. For fall Sea Doo riding, ditch the sandals and water shoes in favour of neoprene, high ankle booties (or neoprene socks that you can wear inside full coverage Crocs). To avoid discomfort all day, don’t get your feet wet when launching.

Make sure everything is dry before you put it on and verify that you have enough storage space available on board if you need to take off a layer or two as the day progresses. If you start to feel cold, add a layer promptly to avoid hypothermia.

If you enjoyed this post, check out my other riding tips.

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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