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Jet Skiing

Jet Skiing Jet Skiing is a water sport in which an individual rides a jet ski and jumps over waves. It is a sport enjoyed by many who love being in the water and find speed thrilling. It is a sport enjoyed by many who love being in the water and find speed thrilling.

This activity has only a few requirements - a jet ski, calm lake (or any body of water, preferably not crowded), and a life jacket - and viola, the rider gets moving that instant. Experience or practice is not necessary. This sport is generally for people of all ages. In fact, even a 12-year-old can engage in Jet Skiing.

The growing popularity of Jet Skiing, according to its enthusiasts, is fairly due to the “ride-ability” of a jet ski. More so, people engaging in it need not think much about safety. Riding a jet ski is as simple as riding a recreational park’s bump car.

There are several buttons in a jet ski: a start button, a stop button, and a pair of handle bars. The lever on its right-hand side serves as the throttle. Jet skis, mostly of the higher-octane model, are now available with specialized features like speedometer and fuel gauge. Turning the handle bars to the left makes the jet ski’s nozzle head to the left and the same to the right. It is actually that easy. As compared to steering a boat, Jet Skiing does not need a rudder. Jet skis only turn to a certain direction when the engine is particularly propelled to that course.

In terms of safety, jet skis are by default assembled with a safety key that is oftentimes a bracelet secured in a small plastic clip which is attached on the handle bars. This key, which is needed to start and run the engine, should be placed around the wrist at all times. Otherwise, the jet ski will keep going and start dragging its rider when, by accident, the jet skier fell off. In such case, all the rider needs to do is to pull the key and the engine would automatically stop.

If the jet ski had run aground, it is important for it to be pushed out into the water and turned facing out and heading the middle of the water. Remember: Jet skis do not reverse. If it is on a lowering mechanism, the jet ski must be lowered into the water. Pushing the jet ski out into necessarily deep water normally between three to four feet can prevent churning up with rocks, which might enter the engine.

Being comfortable with speed marks the time to start learning turns. The test of Jet Skiing is learning how fast and sharp one needs to turn to spill. Ending up in water and finding the jet ski upside down are just some of the fun moments in Jet Skiing. Finding big waves, riding them, and catching the air by gunning the engine are the challenges of this sport.

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