How Fast Does a Jet Ski Go? We Answer the Most Common FAQs

Jet skiing has been a beloved watersport for many decades, attracting adventure enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike. But for those newer to the sport, dipping their toes tentatively in the water,  questions such as, “how fast does a jet ski go?” are important to understand. This article answers these frequently asked questions, and more, to ensure your first ride is memorable for all the right reasons…

What are the origins of the jet ski?

Jet skis were invented by Clayton Jacobson II, an Australian motocross enthusiast, inspired to create a personal watercraft after a rough day of racing on the water. Jacobson built the first jet ski in 1968 by attaching a modified motor to a watercraft hull, and his invention quickly gained popularity as a fun and thrilling way to enjoy the water. Today, jet skis are a common sight on lakes, rivers, and oceans worldwide, enjoyed by millions of people every year.

How fast do jet skis go?

To begin, it's important to consider the speed capabilities of a jet ski. Jet skis can typically reach speeds of up to 60 mph, and some high-performance models can even exceed 70 mph, depending on the type and model of the watercraft. However, the average speed of a jet ski falls within the range of 35-45 mph, which is still plenty fast enough to provide an exhilarating experience.

What are the common jet-ski mistakes?

Overloading the jet ski with too much weight is a common mistake among inexperienced riders, compromising the watercraft's stability and hindering control. It is important to understand the maximum weight capacity of the jet ski and avoid exceeding it. Additionally, operating a jet ski without paying close attention to other boats or watercraft in the surrounding area can be extremely dangerous.

As jet skis are highly maneuverable and can travel at high speeds, it is crucial to constantly scan the area for any other watercraft and avoid reckless behavior that could lead to collisions or other dangerous situations. Practicing situational awareness and safe driving habits can help minimise the risk of jet skiing accidents- protecting you and your fellow jet skiers.

Do I need a license or any special equipment to ride a jet ski?

It is essential to wear a buoyancy aid and comply with the guidelines and regulations prescribed by local authorities. You don’t need a license in the United Kingdom, but jet ski riders must be at least 16 years old to use the watercraft- at least, that is the youngest age insurers will cover.

Jet ski safety advice

Yes, jet skiing is fun, but you must apply some common sense too, and not push the boundaries by racing 70mph in the middle of a river.

Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines for operating the watercraft, and always be aware of other boats and watercraft in the area. The speed limitation on bodies of water while on jet skis varies depending on the location and specific regulations, so it’s a good idea to check what the limits are where you’re planning to ride. It is important to operate jet skis at a safe speed to avoid collisions with other vessels or individuals in the water and to minimise any negative impact on the environment. It is important to familiarise yourself with the local rules and regulations before operating a jet ski on any body of water. Additionally, be mindful of the weather conditions, as rough waves and strong winds can make riding a jet ski much more challenging and dangerous.

It's always worth considering taking a recognised operators course. These are offered by RYA (Royal Yachting Association) centres around the UK. Click here to find out more.

Jet skiing is a thrilling watersport, but it's important to be knowledgeable and informed before taking to the waters. By following these tips and guidelines, you'll be able to enjoy your jet ski experience to the fullest. whilst staying safe at the same time. 

Don't forget to check out our eBook, "A Thrill-Seeker's Guide to the Best Action Cameras for Jet Skis," for more information on capturing all the action while you're out on the water. Safely, of course.

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