Riding a personal watercraft (PWC) is one of the most popular recreational activities on Maine’s lakes. Often referred to as “jet skis,” PWCs are motor-powered vehicles that can reach high speeds. When you rent a jet ski, you can enjoy an afternoon of high-speed fun on the water, but be sure to follow the safety precautions below.
- Use Safety Equipment
Though no rider plans to fall off a jet ski, accidents can happen, so you should be sure you have an appropriate life jacket on at all times. Even if you are a competent swimmer, you need to wear a snugly fitted personal flotation device to keep your head above water should you fall. For added safety, many jet skis are equipped with a “kill cord” lanyard that wraps around the driver’s wrist and shuts the engine off if the driver falls.
- Take It Slow
Powerful jet skis with four-stroke engines can reach high velocities, but you should avoid riding yours at top speed until you have experience out on the open water. Though you may know how to safely drive a car or motorcycle, jet skis handle differently, so take the time to get used to yours before pushing it to the limit.
- Don’t Drive a Jet Ski After Drinking
When relaxing on a boat or by the lakeshore, many people enjoy drinking beer and other types of refreshing alcoholic drinks. But just as you wouldn’t drive a car or motorcycle after having a drink, you shouldn’t operate a jet ski unless you are completely sober. Drivers who operate jet skis while intoxicated risk injuring themselves as well as other boaters and swimmers.
If you are 21 years of age or over, you can rent a jet ski at Moose Landing Marina. Enjoy a safe, responsible ride around the lakes of Maine on a high-speed jet ski or rent a pontoon boat for fishing and other leisurely recreation out on the water. Call us at (207) 693-6264 to learn more about our rentals and marina services.