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We can all agree that safety should come first, in life and in fun. So when it comes to riding a jet ski for the first time, there’s a few things you should keep in mind. We put together this list of our top newbie rider jet ski tips. Whether you’re totally new to jet skiing, or you’ve ridden a few times, these tips should be insightful and will keep you safe while you’re having fun.

Before we get into our tips for riding a jet ski for the first time, let’s answer a couple frequently asked questions about Jet Skiing.

Will I get wet?

Yes! Even if you do not fall in, you’ll likely get a good soaking in one way or another. That’s all part of the fun!

What Should I Wear on A Jet Ski?

Usually, a bathing suit and your live-vest are enough, but if the water or weather is on the colder side you may want to wear a wetsuit or drysuit.

Are Jet Skis Dangerous?

Any activity involves risk. injuries do occur. however, if you listen to your guides and proceed with caution your risk of injury is greatly diminished. That’s why you have to pay attention to our first-time jet ski rider tips below!

5 Things to Know for First Time Jet Ski Riders

1) Keep it Straight!

First time jet skiers often have difficulty keeping the jet ski straight. The good news is this is easy to correct. Riders often stare at the handlebars or the water just off the bow (front) of the ski. Instead, lift your head up and look off in the distance. This will allow you to drive straight and enjoy your trip. If you continue to struggle, simply pick a stationary target on land or water (buoy) and steer directly at it.

2) Remember, You Can’t Turn Away from Danger Without Throttle

The jet in jet ski refers to the water jet that shoots out the back and makes the ski go forward. That jet moves side to side to steer the machine. There is no rudder. So, when you slow down or stop giving the machine thrust all together your ability to steer is diminished or you lose it completely. So, if an emergency arises and you need to avoid a collision don’t take your finger off the throttle. Doing that will make it impossible to steer away from danger. Rather, keep your speed up and steer away from the threat.

3) Splash Down…How to Re-Board Your Jet Ski

Sometimes people fall off their jet ski. This is typically no big deal and can even be part of the fun. However, there is a method to getting back on. You always reboard a ski from the stern (back). Simply reach up to the handle behind the seat and pull yourself out of the water onto the back deck of the ski. If you are riding tandem, only one person should board at a time. Attempting to reboard from the side will cause the ski to flip. Don’t rush. Take it slow. If you’re out of shape and have several failed attempts to reboard you can get very tired, very quickly. Relax in the water, think about how you’re going to get back on board and then slowly climb back aboard.

4) Relax! It’ll Hurt Less!

Many first time riders complain that their hands get tired or they feel slight soreness in their shoulders. This occurs because new riders often hold on for dear life. Instead, lean forward slightly and relax your grip. Keep your elbows slightly bent. This will allow you to ride without fatigue. Don’t lean too far forward and always be careful not to hit your chin or nose on the handlebar.

5) Hold Tightly…But Not Too Tight!

We’ve talked about driving, but there is a trick to being a good and comfortable passenger as well. Holding the drivers waist or the back of their life jacket is a good method for staying on. However, don’t hold on so tight that you make it difficult for your partner to drive the ski. As with driving, relax. Keep your body loose, not stiff. This will lower fatigue and increase you enjoyment.

Now you’re ready to ride!


A lot of people want to stand up on the ski. However, for a novice rider, standing might make controlling the ski much more difficult. Also, your chances of falling could be greater. Driving from the standing position is something to attempt after you become an intermediate or expert rider.

Now that you have mastered these tips you’re ready to hit the waters with us on a jet ski tour you’ll never forget!