Make These 5 Tips Your Riding Habit On The Water… 

sea doo Safe Riding

Operating a Sea-Doo, Jet Ski or Waverunner personal watercraft on Ontario waterways, such as my best river rides or top 10 day tours, has much in common with riding a motorcycle or snowmobile on land, including avoiding alcohol and drugs. But water travel has its own unique challenges; here are the top 5 Sea Doo safe riding tips for experienced riders, beginners or renters to keep in mind on a Sea Doo tour and I have many other riding tips for you…

1. 365˚ Situational Awareness…

The PWC operating environment is not linear like roads or trails. Traffic can come from anywhere 365˚ around you. So I am constantly vigilant for others and always aware of my position relative to my immediate surroundings.

2.  Look Before Changing Course…

Before changing direction, I check my mirrors and glance over each shoulder to make sure no one is in the way or coming up beside me faster then I expected.

3. Refrain from Riding Side by Side…

If I spot something unexpected in the water ahead, I may need to make a sudden avoidance move, but if other riders in my group are positioned too close beside me, I’ll have no room to manoeuvre quickly.

 4. Red Right Return…

Many waterways are marked with red and green navigation buoys. Which side to ride on can sometimes be confusing, so I remember “Red Right Return”: whenever I am “returning” (riding toward the source of the waterway and against the direction it flows) I keep the red buoys on my right side. When I am going with the flow (away from the source) the green buoys are on my right.

5. Idle Through Low Speed Zones…

Every boater should respect any officially posted “no wake” zones by slowing right down to idle speed while travelling through to limit wake turbulence. The same goes for approaching locks, docks, marinas and cruisers anchored in sheltered bays.

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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