Dom Wiseman: So, your craft is on the water, and you're raring to go, but before you hit the start button, there are a few important tips that you need to know. Your personal watercraft operates by sucking water in from the bottom and forcing it out under extremely high pressure through the jet at the rear. If you're in shallow water, debris such as sand and rocks can be sucked into the jet intake, at the very least causing performance issues or at the worst, damage to the impeller. For the same reason, make sure there are no lines or ropes hanging off your personal watercraft because they can also be sucked into the jet intake, ruining your day on the water.
Before beaching, shut down the engine before you reach shallow water, or simply anchor the craft in one meter of water. If you have beached your craft, make sure you rock it from side to side as you push it out into deeper water before starting the engine. That will help dislodge any debris that may be caught underneath.
Always make sure you behave responsibly around other water users, and in particular, swimmers. Observe speed restrictions, and always ensure that you know what's going on all around you on the water. Modern personal watercraft are capable of very fast speeds and quick acceleration. Make sure that you have a clear path in front of you before increasing speed. Some PWCs are equipped with a brake that will slow the vessel down in an emergency or also help maneuver it in and around other vessels or other people. If your vessel is equipped with a braking system, make sure you're familiar with it before you approach crowded waterways.
Just one more thing. In the event that your craft gets rolled over, you'll see the intake grate on the bottom. Grab the grate and roll the craft back over as quickly as you can and then board from the rear. Your PWC will provide hours of enjoyment for you and your friends, and by following these tips, you'll ensure a safe and incident-free time. Enjoy your time on the water. Boating is better with Club Marine.