When you’re soaking up the sun and sea breeze in the stunning Outer Banks, there’s no better way to add a splash of excitement to your vacation than hopping onto a jet ski and cruising along the coastline. At Kitty Hawk Watersports, we’re about turning your beach getaway into an unforgettable adventure. But before you rev up those engines and hit the waves, let’s dive into eight safety tips to ensure a smooth and secure jet ski rental experience.

Kitty Hawk Watersports Outer Banks Jet Ski Rental

1. Age Matters

The crystal-clear waters of the Outer Banks beckon, but we want to remind you that jet ski fun comes with a minimum age requirement. For safety reasons, children under the age of 16 should not operate a jet ski. This ensures that riders have the physical and mental capability to handle the watercraft responsibly.

2. Suit Up for Safety

Strap on your sense of adventure and secure a well-fitting life jacket before you hop onto your jet ski. If you don’t wear a properly fitted life jacket, it could slip off, and become useless in the case of an emergency. At Kitty Hawk Watersports, we prioritize your safety, so grab a life jacket that fits snugly without restricting your movement.

3. Keep Alcohol in Check

While the waves and wind might make for an exhilarating ride, it’s important to keep your alcohol intake in check. Just like driving on the road, operating a jet ski requires a clear mind and steady reflexes. So save the celebratory drinks for after your aquatic adventure.

4. Jet Ski for Two or Three

Before you hit the throttle, ensure your passenger is ready to go. Communication is key here – ensure they’re comfortable and holding on securely. A quick check-in before takeoff can make a world of difference in ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride for both you and your companion.

5. Attach Your Key

Picture this: You’re revved up and ready to hit the waves, but your jet ski rental won’t budge because you forgot to attach the start/stop key to your life jacket or wrist. It’s a simple yet vital step that ensures you maintain control of your watercraft. Remember, safety should always come first, and this little key can make all the difference.

6. Watch the Skies

Weather can be as unpredictable as it is beautiful. Before you embark on your jet ski adventure, take a moment to check the weather conditions. Sudden changes in wind and waves can impact your ride, so stay informed and prepared. We have policies in place to keep our customers safe. So, it should go without saying that our team takes the weather seriously. We’ll stay in touch if there are changes to rental availability due to weather conditions. 

7. Stay Away From the Pump Intake

Maintaining a safe distance from the pump intake is a no-brainer. Keep your hands, feet, hair, and clothing well away from this area to prevent any unfortunate mishaps. Safety is a team effort, and by practicing caution, it’ll be a smooth ride for everyone.

8. Depths and Shallows: Know Your Limits

As tempting as it might be to skim the shoreline, avoid operating your jet ski in water less than two feet deep. Shallow waters can pose risks like grounding and damage to the watercraft. We provide a designated area for customers to ride jet skis so you can safely ride the waves.

By following these safety tips, you’re not just protecting yourself and your family but also unlocking the full potential of your jet ski experience. Do you want a jet ski rental for your next vacation to the Outer Banks? Contact Kitty Hawk Watersports at (252) 441-2756 or book a rental online. What are you waiting for? Gear up, buckle in, and let the waves carry you on an unforgettable ride along our beautiful coastline.