Not a single Summer holiday passes by without at least one severe jet ski accident making news headlines. The reasons for this are obvious.
During this time of year, holidaymakers want to unwind. Away from home and their usual daily routine, they feel more relaxed. And with inhibitions lowered, they are more likely to resort to reckless behaviour that could result in an accident or injury.
Jet skis are highly manoeuvrable and capable of high speeds that rival those of cars. It is therefore very easy to lose control and end up colliding with another vessel, structure (such as a pier or buoy) or person in the water. Most collisions see the jet ski rider thrown from their craft. Given that riders are typically not wearing protective equipment beyond a life vest, the risk of head, neck and chest injuries is high.
It is possible to stay safe and still have fun though.
Many jet ski incidents are the result of inexperience, so get proper instruction on how to ride, or become very familiar with the jet ski’s operating instructions. A basic skippers’ qualification is also useful as you will be exposed to the rules of local waterways. Most importantly, though, drastically reduce your speed in the vicinity of other vessels and objects, and try to stay at least 50 metres away from another water craft or bathers at all times.
Just as with other types of motor vehicles, jet ski accidents can also be very costly. For extra financial reassurance, consider investing in Jet Ski Insurance. Compendium Insurance Brokers covers jet skis along with yachts, dinghies and other pleasure craft. A Jet Ski Insurance policy brokered by Compendium covers accidents, damage and theft, as well as all claims of negligence. You’re covered in any body of water in Southern Africa, and as far out to sea as 12 nautical miles.
Read more about Compendium’s Jet Ski Insurance here. You can even conveniently request a quote at the same time.