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Tips for Riding a Jet Ski with Two People

Riding a jet ski is a blast. There’s nothing like the feeling of flying across the water with the wind in your face. And sharing the thrill of jet skiing with your friends makes it even better. Riding a jet ski with two people is quite different than jet skiing alone. With two people onboard, there are several factors to keep in mind when it comes to maintaining your proper safety and balance. Understanding how these factors affect your jet ski ride will improve the safety and fun you and your friend have on your next jet skiing outing. Here are some tips for jet skiing with two people.

2girls1_fsWhen it comes to operating a jet ski with two people, it doesn’t matter who is riding and who is driving, both people are required by law to wear life vests or life jackets. With both life jackets secured, it’s time to familiarize your friend with water sports and anything you think they should know about your particular jet ski model should something happen to you. Have your friend help you by holding the jet ski so you can unclip it from the dock. Now you’re ready to insert the key.

Communication is essential to riding a jet ski with two people. Be sure to explain to your friend how he or she should hold onto you while you are riding on the jet ski together. Less experienced or novice jet skiers should be on the back of the jet ski. Before driving a jet ski a person should become familiar with how the jet ski moves and responds, how it changes in acceleration as well as turns and how this can all vary depending on water conditions. Both the driver and the rider should be facing forward. The passenger should understand the importance of communicating with the driver if they would like to slow down or stop. This can prevent them from falling off the jet ski in rougher waters.

On two-seater jet skis, riding two people can be challenging at idle and slow speeds. Two-seaters are very tippy with two people riding until you have attained some forward speed and start to plane the hull. Be careful around docks, shore and other jet skips with two riders. You will find with two riders the jet ski is slower to respond to turns and spins. Once you get the hang of it, it can be a blast.

It’s best to start off slow. People of different ages, body types and physical health learn and adapt to the jet ski experience in different ways and at different rates. By introducing them to faster speeds in slow increments they will feel more comfortable and confident. The driver should tell their friend/passenger when and where they are going to make a turn and decrease the jet ski’s speed prior to making the turn. This gives your passenger the opportunity to get comfortable with how the jet ski moves. It also gives you, the driver, the opportunity to assess your friend’s capabilities.

The more comfortable and confident your friend becomes at jet skiing, the more you can increase your speed and continue to jet ski. You can work your way up to jumping a small wave while continuing to practice making turns. Be sure to pay attention to your passenger’s body language for signs of how comfortable they are. As they become steadier, you’re in a better position to go faster. Passengers who move around a lot behind you or those who are grappling for their balance require you, their driver, to reduce the jet ski’s speed. Give your friend time to adjust until they are ready and better prepared for faster speeds.