jetski safety equipment:
General jetski kit:
Killcord + spare
If you were to move away or fall from the PWC it will detach from the PWC stopping the engine in the process.
Anchor & line
To keep your PWC in the same spot after launching and before recovery, when you want to take a break or in an emergency.
VHF &/or Mobile Phone
A mobile phone can be used to raise help close to shore.
VHF: You will be heard by everyone in the vicinity that has a VHF, can be used where there is no mobile phone signal available.
Chart, Tide Table & Hand bearing Compass
In order to locate yourself, if fog sets in it will assist you in finding your way. Also useful when looking at a Cardinal Mark Buoy so you know which direction to go.
To cut away weed, fishing line etc from your intake grate
For signalling in an emergency and inspecting the intake / pump housing / engine compartment before launching.
Emergency Safety Kit:
Two handheld orange smoke + 2 x handheld red pinpoint flares OR 2 x day/night flares. If you are in grave and imminent danger do not hesitate to use flares to get help - delay could be fatal in deteriorating weather conditions, when night is falling or after an injury.
For small electrical fires, to assist others.
First Aid Kit
Slipways and seabeds often have sharp nasties lurking.
For the occasion you need to be towed or need to tow someone else. Can also be doubled up as a anchor line or to tie off in a marina.
Extra Kit Considerations:
Put all your items into a dry bag to stop them getting wet and rattling around under the hood of your PWC.
MultiTool / Tool Kit & spare spark plugs
When you arrive at the slipway or between sessions there would be nothing worse than a loose connection or similar stopping play
Impact Buoyancy Aid
An essential piece of kit regardless of the weather or where you’re riding. This not only keep you afloat but will also protect your core from impact.
To attract attention in an emergency
Drysuit or Wetsuit
Drysuits are ideal off-season or in cooler climates
There are many types of wetsuits available. For winter use a 4-6mm is best with long sleeves and legs.
As most of your time will be on top of the water rather than ‘in it’ wear a spray jacket over the top to reduce the wind chill
To keep your feet warm, Good grip on he footrests, protect your feet when ashore
Enables clearer vision in spray, protects your eyes from UV damage, and glare.
Keep your hands warm, enables a better grip on the controls
Additional kit considerations:
Waterproof handheld GPS (Global Positioning System). Not only allows you to pre-plan your route but also shows you the way back!
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
If you intend to travel further afield this can be a very useful extra bit of safety kit as it can be used in areas where there is no mobile phone signal available. Once activated transmits for 24 hours +