Jet skiing is very popular in Southwest Florida and is enjoyed throughout the year. To the observer, it may look like an easy pastime, but since they can travel over 60 mph on top of the water, it can be risky.
There are two personal watercraft which are the best known on the market today: Kawasaki’s Jet Ski, where riders stand up, and Yamaha Motor Company’s Wave Runner, where riders sit. There are dozens of other brands, and Americans own at least 1.3 million personal watercraft.
There is no protection on jet skis, and jet ski accidents can cause severe injuries. Because of the speed, participants can be injured when they are violently thrown, which can result in brain or spinal injuries, fractures, and even death.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) says that private watercraft (PWCs) have a higher rate of collisions than any other type of boat, and there are several reasons for this. PWCs are small, and many people consider them more of a dinghy than a real boat. However, the USCG defines PWCs as a vessel subject to all the same rules and regulations as a 40-foot power cruiser. Some believe that because of the handling characteristics of PWCs, they may require more experience than larger vessels.
When there are accidents, they may be caused by poor operational instruction by a PWC rental company, defective or missing safety equipment, mechanical failure, and/or unsafe operation of other nearby vessels.
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