There are so many exciting ways to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. However, nothing quite compares to the adventure you can have with a personal watercraft (PWC). These incredible machines are built to provide you with endless thrills on the water. It’s important to learn about PWC safety before you dive in. Alaska Mining and Diving Supply has rounded up some helpful tips to get you started. Keep reading to learn more, then visit our dealership to check out the models. You’ll find us conveniently located in Anchorage, AK.
Use the Right Gear
You’ll be happy to know that your PWC will come with ample storage space, but you’ll still want to use it wisely. For example, a waterproof storage compartment is the perfect way to keep your valuable items secure as you’re riding the waves. You can place a radio, cell phone, sunscreen, signal flares, bottled water, snacks, and a first aid kit safely inside. These items are crucial to a safe PWC experience and they’ll help you avoid painful sunburns, getting lost, and more.
Another critical piece of safety gear is a well-fitting life jacket. It should go without saying that you need to know how to swim before you hop aboard a PWC. Even expert swimmers should be wearing a life jacket in case there’s an emergency. If you get injured and struggle to stay afloat, you’ll be thankful you’re wearing a personal flotation device until help arrives.
You’ll need to take some time to think about how you’ll get your craft to the water. A specialized trailer is an ideal option. It’s important that your trailer is equipped to handle the weight of your PWC. Not only is it against the law to overload a trailer, but it can also be quite dangerous to yourself as well as others around you on the road.
Remember to set aside time to practice loading and unloading your craft. You should also practice driving with your cargo before you try it out at the docks. It might take a couple of tries before you feel comfortable with the process. You don’t want your very first attempt to be in a high-stress environment. When you drive with the cargo, you need to leave plenty of space between yourself and other drivers. The extra weight means you need additional distance to reach a complete stop. Drive carefully and defensively to ensure a safe hauling experience.
Maintenance is Key
One key aspect to ensuring PWC safety is taking proper care of your craft. Numerous issues can occur as a result of improper maintenance. You can prevent these malfunctions by performing routine maintenance. Inspect all aspects of your machine and confirm it’s running well. Examine the battery, connections, and cables, for possible issues. Check the fluid levels and top off as needed. Make sure there are no leaks. If you notice any problems, address them before hitting the water.
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