Jet Ski Security: A Need-to-know Guide

A jet ski is an expensive investment that requires proper security and care, one that you will want to take precautionary measures to help prevent theft or vandalism, wherever possible.

There are many factors to consider when looking at tips and guidance on this, including advice on protecting your fuel, storing your PWC (personal watercraft), and using various security equipment.

Jet Ski Security Tips


Pre-Ride Check

Before you ride your PWC, you should check your safety equipment is all still in a good condition, including life jackets or buoyancy aids, flares, and first aid kits. Ensure that you have enough fuel for your ride, and check the oil level before starting your PWC.

Storage and Trailer Security

Storing your PWC in a marina can leave it vulnerable to theft and damage. It is essential to take security measures, such as using locking dock lines, fenders, and storing in well-lit areas to deter thieves and help prevent damage.

Locking dock lines prevent someone from quickly untying your PWC and stealing it, whilst fenders protect your PWC from scratches and damage that may be caused by other boats.

Wheel locks and hitch locks can be effective at preventing someone from hooking up and stealing your PWC trailer. Also, consider using trailer alarm systems that alert you if someone attempts to tamper with your trailer.

Cable locks and U-locks are used for securing your PWC to a dock, trailer, or other stationary objects and anchor systems can provide a secure way to immobilise your PWC.

GPS tracking systems are another good way to keep track of where your PWC is at all times, alerting you if your craft moves outside of a specific location. You should consider marking your PWC with unique identifiers, such as a serial number, hull identification number (HIN), or personal identification number (PIN) as this makes it easier to identify if it is stolen and recovered.

Protecting Fuel

Protecting your fuel is important to ensure that your PWC runs smoothly and efficiently. Fuel can be damaged by exposure to moisture, heat, and other contaminants, which can cause issues with the engine and decrease its lifespan. 

Fuel is also a valuable resource that can be targeted by thieves, making it essential to protect it from unauthorised access. Fuel stabilisers help protect your fuel from breaking down and becoming unusable and is especially important if you plan on storing your PWC for an extended period of time.

Using a fuel filler cap with a locking mechanism can help prevent unauthorised access to your fuel, which is especially important if you plan on storing your jet ski in a public area. 

Keeping the fuel tank full can help prevent condensation, which can easily build up in partially empty tanks, leading to water contamination. 

Storing Your PWC

Storing your PWC in a garage or storage unit can protect it from the elements, as well as helping prevent theft. You can also look to purchase a PWC cover that can help prevent a build-up of dust, debris, and other contaminants that can damage the exterior or interior components of the craft. They can also protect your PWC from exposure to sunlight, which can cause fading and deterioration of the materials.

Lastly, if you plan on storing your PWC for an extended period of time, it is important to keep the battery charged to prevent it from losing its charge and becoming damaged.

For more tips, you can download our eBook, ‘The Ultimate Maintenance Guide for Your Personal Watercraft’.

The Ultimate Maintenance Guide for Your Personal Watercraft

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