Jetsurfing is a great sport, intuitive, easy to learn, and suitable for everyone. However, when practicing any sport or activity it is important to consider some basic safety aspects. Such as the maintenance of the material, the technique, or the environment; safety for us and the people around us is always crucial.
In this post we are going to review the most essential points to ensure that we enjoy jetboarding safely and securely, disregarding the level of use. Remember that regardless the type of board we use, it is always mandatory to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and guidelines for use and maintenance of the equipment.
Main points of the decalogue
- Checking the area: Before entering the water, we must consider several aspects. For example, it is recommended practicing jetsurfing away from crowded beaches; and we must always respect the navigation channels.
- Depth: In addition, we must make sure that the water is deep enough to operate our board to avoid hitting the fins. Rocks or coral reef can damage our material. Avoid shallow areas.
- Weather forecast and tide conditions: It is important to check the weather and maritime conditions before deciding when and where we will practice jetboarding. Currents and expected tide levels, the waves, rain forecast… These are critical aspects to ensure that we enjoy the activity in optimal or most favorable conditions.
- Legislation: Riding regulations related to jetboarding may vary from region to region, therefore we always recommend checking with the local authorities to ensure the correct use of the board. Speed, water entry protocols, security, license tags.. are some of the aspects to take into consideration.
Before entering the water
- Check out: Before entering the water, it is important to check that you have all the accessories you need, and that they are used correctly. For example, it is important to place the leash properly right below the knee (better than in your ankle), to avoid injuries from pulling when falling at high speeds.
- Two, better than one: As with many other sports, it is better not to do them alone, jetboarding is no different. Besides having much more fun, you will feel more comfortable knowing that someone is close to you in case you need any assistance. This could be someone in shore, or even someone who is using a jetboard as well.
- Distance from the shore: Always keep an eye on the distance between you and the shore. Do not go further away than the distance you can swim back. As you know, batteries have a limited riding time which can be modified depending on external conditions. Stay near the shore once the remote controller displays one LED of remaining battery.
- Waves: Do not enter the water through wave breaking areas. Waves could throw the jetboard towards you and cause an injury. In case of falling in wave breaking areas, position yourself between the wave and the jetboard in order to avoid being hit by the board.
- Use your common sense: We could list another 10 or more security guidelines on this post using very little imagination. It is our responsibility to properly use the equipment to assure our own security and others.
To summarize, when practicing jetboarding it is crucial to take safety into account before and during our rides. We encourage you to check all the key points and safety guidelines related to the equipment provided by your manufacturer.
Remember that having fun is important but safety is always first. Let’s enjoy our sessions with the maximum safety and responsibility, for our and others sake.