How to Jump Waves
Jumping waves ....... freedom of flight with raging horsepower under your control. Great fun but can hurt you or damage your jetski or jetboat if not done properly .......
- FIRSTLY it is a good idea to have friends around. The main reason is - if you wipeout you have someone to laugh with (good wipeouts need to be shared). Jokes aside, it is best to have buddies around so if something does go wrong you have back-up.
- Ensure the water is deep enough! Waves will break on reefs or sandbanks and the depth is hard to tell unless the water is clear, but you should watch the break for a few sets and watch for rocks protruding or swirl bubbles. If on a sandbar the water will churn up and not be clear, and sometimes these waves are not safe to jump.
- Approach the wave standing with bent knees and jump the wave when it is a steep angle. This will launch you UP so that the rear of your craft lands first. You don't want to land flat as that is not good for many parts of your craft.
- VERY IMPORTANT decelerate just as you launch and only accelerate after landing.
- SMILE! Cos it's awesome and no pilot's license is required.
- It is a good idea to watch others first (and laugh when they wipeout), get tips and ask advice. You can always ask us for advice at Jetski Eddie too.
How to flush a jetski or jetboat
VERY IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW CORRECTLY - Check your ski manual to understand where and how to connect the flush hose correctly to your ski.
- Get hose ready.
- Start craft (your craft can only run safely without water for 10 to 15 seconds!!!). This will give you enough time to .......
- Turn the water on hard.
- Allow craft to idle, with occasional quick revs (no need to rev past 3000 rpm).
- After 30 seconds to 1 minute turn the water OFF.
- Give craft two to three quick revs to about 4000 rpm to expel excess water in exhaust system.
- Switch off the craft (if a 2-stroke : then switch off the engine and, at the SAME TIME, press full throttle until engine stops turning).
- Follow storage procedure.
STORING YOUR JETSKI PROPERLY WILL ALLOW YOU TO HAVE MORE FUN, RIDES AND LESS REPAIRS TO YOUR CRAFT. Firstly, refer to your jetski manual for the recommended way to flush your ski or read the next section. After the flushing sequence spray engine with a good lube - WD40 is highly recommended. You only need to spray metal parts and electrics. The engine bay must be able to breathe! So leave seats off and stand them upright so water can drain out. If your ski needs to be under a cover because it is parked outside, then still try to leave seats off and fit the cover on the ski. Whenever possible, try and open the cover to allow the ski to breathe. Be aware that some types of decking in the footwells can deteriorate, shrink or peel back if water is left in the footwell. A good idea is to tilt your jetski trailer up to drain all water and hang your life jackets or towels over the towage so you don't walk into it. Any questions contact us at Jetski Eddie.
Safety and Fun
SAFETY AND FUN AND COMMON SENSE ....... We all want to have fun but common sense and local safety rules should be observed ..... The tips below will help but further detailed advice is available from http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/boating-guides.asp. In WA a recreational skippers ticket is required to operate a PWC. It must be carried on you when you are operating the ski. 1) A type 2 or 3 PFD (personal flotation device) is required by all persons on the ski. 2) A 3 seat ski is required if you are intending a to tow a biscuit,tube or wakeboarder, etc. (a seat each for the driver, a spotter and for the towed person in case you need to pick them up). 3) All boating speed limits, passing distances and reserves in the river apply to jetskis. To continue to be allowed to enjoy our chosen sport please be aware and considerate of other skiers and boaters. 4) Within the WA river system, freeriding or freestyling (driving in a manner that another craft would not be able to determine your intended route) is not legal outside the designated PWC areas. 5)Not all PFDs are suitable for smaller children. Ensure you check devices purchased for mini me passengers that will safely keep them face up while staying firm around them. 6) Your ski needs about 1 metre or more of water to run in to avoid sucking sand into your jetpump.