All but one of my top secret products for Sea Doo tours were not intended by their makers for Sea Doo, Jet Ski or Waverunner PWC use, not even for my Sea Doo GTX S 155! That’s why you likely won’t find them in a personal watercraft accessories catalogue. But in my quest to solve one problem or another on the water, I’ve adapted each of the following products for my own purposes with great success. These are some of my riding secrets and you may want to try any or all of them for yourself, especially if you are a beginner! In no special order, my secret products are…
1. PWC Secret Products – No Fog Mask
Problem: Riding in the rain is painful, with each drop slamming into my skin like a tiny needle prick – and the face is especially sensitive and vulnerable. Also, even if there’s no rain, my face can suffer if it’s really windy or cold.
Solution: The No Fog Mask is made as a protective breath deflector to be worn under a snowmobile helmet to keep the visor from steaming up. Made of neoprene and fastened with Velcro, the way it fits over the nose and lower face makes it ideal protection for PWC riders – especially when worn in combo with a peaked ball cap (held on by the No Fog head strap) to shelter my forehead and wrap around glasses or goggles for my eyes.
2. Jet Ski Secret Products – MaxFit Gloves
Problem: The back of my hands get sunburned because they’re exposed to the sun while I’m riding all day, but neoprene gloves are hot, sweaty and don’t breath. Also, my handle bar grips get slippery and harder to grip when they’re wet.
Solution: Ultra thin and skin friendly MaxFit Gloves deliver incredible grip, dexterity, touch sensitivity, comfort and are very quick drying – ideal for PWC riding. The backs are breathable yet protective, while the palms have a polymer coating that provides incredible grip even when wet or oily. I also use MaxFit to open bottle and jar lids.
3. PWC Secret Products – SEE™ Waterproof Pouch
Problem: I don’t want to take my wallet out when docking for food or fuel and risk dropping it in the water.
Solution: I use a SEE Waterproof Pouch. It hangs around my neck and lies flat against my chest under my PFD. Because it’s totally waterproof, I can carry whatever documents I need, plus cash, credit card and boater’s licence, so I always have them with me – and they’re all I need during a normal day on the water, so I never have to take out my wallet and risk getting it wet or dropping it in the water.
4. Sea Doo Secret Products – Floating Retainers
Problem: No matter how well they fit, it’s too easy to lose a good pair of sunglasses while PWC riding – and the rest of the ride can be a chore if I don’t have a spare set and have to squint all the way home.
Solution: There are a variety of floating retainers available that help my glasses stay on better and keep them afloat if they come off.
5. Jet Ski Secret Products – Hat Clips
Problem: Any headgear or hat worn to protect my head from too much sun while PWC riding may blow off and get lost.
Solution: Hat clips are a nifty little device that attach to the back of my hat and the collar of my shirt or PFD. If my hat blows off, it falls done my back where I can retrieve it easily.
6. PWC Secret Products – Waist Pack
Problem: I need more waterproof storage space for day trips. Some PWC’s don’t any and most don’t have enough.
Solution: I wear a waterproof waist pack to carry essentials that I want to keep dry and handy. My wife uses hers as a purse.
7. Sea Doo Secret Products – Dry Shoes
Problem: Neoprene booties are yucky and sandals aren’t substantial enough, but I need good foot protection both on board and off.
Solution: The best I’ve found are Powerdrain Cool shoes by Columbia (also see Columbia Drainmaker III Shoe). They look like running shoes, but are quick drying, with soles that protect against hard stones underfoot and uppers that stop sunburned feet. Check out my review.
8. Jet Ski Secret Products – Rain Jacket
Problem: Getting caught in the rain while PWC riding is painful, wet and can also be chilly.
Solution: Icon’s PDX Mens and Ladies Rain Jacket is made for motorcycling, but works well on the water too, keeping out rain, wind and cold. I bought a larger than normal size to fit over my PFD and when I put up the hood and pull it tight, it stays on. Not too bulky to fold and store in my PWC either.
Problem: When I’m zipping along on my PWC for hours on end, the wind can get irritating in my ears.
Solution: Earplugs are mostly intended as noise protection, but they can also keep the wind out of my ears. I buy ones that are tethered together so they are less likely to blow away if one falls out and to get lost. Available at most building or safety supply stores.
10. Sea Doo Secret Products – D.E.S.S. Keys
Problem: Each Sea-Doo Digitally Encoded Security System (D.E.S.S.) key is pre-programmed to work only on one watercraft, so if I lose it or its damaged on a ride, I’m not going anywhere until I get to a dealer.
Solution: Each Sea-Doo watercraft comes with the main D.E.S.S. and a D.E.S.S. Learning Key (speed governed). I have two Sea-Doo watercraft, so my dealer programs all four D.E.S.S. keys the same so I always have a spare handy that enables me to ride at touring pace.
Okay, now you know some of my riding secrets. Your turn to tell me some of yours!
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.