Ok, the hard part is over. You got the jet ski you love and you’re ready to hit the open water and play! Before you go out and ride you’ll need a few jet ski accessories to keep you legal, safe, and having fun!
It doesn’t matter if you have a Sea-Doo, Yamaha, or Kawasaki as these accessories will work for you.
Not only are life jackets required by law but it could also save your life. A life jacket will keep you afloat if you get hurt and fall off the watercraft.
Getting the right size life jacket is very important – too big you’ll slip out of it when in the water or could put your head below water and too small doesn’t have enough buoyancy to keep you afloat.
You’ll also want a couple of vest in a variety of sizes for when guest come over and for passengers that ride with you.
2.Dry Box For Your Phone
With phones getting more expensive every year it only makes sense to get the correct protection for it when on your jet ski.
They make waterproof pouches and they work okay but I say stick to the small dry boxes like the Plano Guide Series 3600. The Plano box will have soft padding inside of it to protect your phone from the bumpy ride. Throw a rag with your wallet + keys in and you’ll be ready to ride.
If you think about it, your phone is the most essential jet ski accessory. You can make a call from it if you get hurt or need a tow. You can use Google or Apple maps to plot where you need to go by water. You can even use “Find My Friends” app if someone is lost on the water and you have to find them.
Marine dock line such as double braid nylon dockline is used by most for tying up to the docks.
I prefer Bungee Dock Line because it’s the easiest to use when wrapping around cleats. The bungee dock line also works great because it has the slack that is needed if the water is choppy so your PWC can freely move.
If you want to learn how to tie up a jet ski or any boat here is a great video showing you how.
4.Jet Ski Anchor
If you plan on hanging out in a cove, fishing, or exploring the water, then you’ll need an anchor. Not any anchor will do as many won’t fit in most jet skis, so that is why I created this guide here to help you find the best anchor.
Sandbag vs. folding anchors vs. all the other types of anchors do get confusing. To keep it simple check out my guide above.
5.Solar Battery Charger
Driving your car every day keeps the battery charged and active for years.
You don’t drive your jet ski as often, and its battery goes flat quicker because of this.
Keeping your jet ski battery charged and active for years is easy with a solar battery charger.
You’ll want to stay under 5-watts for solar chargers, anything more will damage the battery. Solar chargers are meant to trickle charge and also maintain batteries which is perfect to use for the offseason to keep your battery from dying.
I’m a fan of the ALLPOWERS 18V 5W Portable Solar Car Battery Charger for my watercraft but anything that charges a 12-volt battery and is under 5 watts will do.
Fenders (also called bumpers) are a must-have accessory when you dock your watercraft and don’t want to damage the hull.
Even though many PWC’s have thick rub rails its still a good idea to get fenders. A PWC can take a nice beating in a rainstorm from the wakes if you don’t have any fenders on it if left in the water.
Fenders for the front and rear on one side is all you need. The HULL HUGRHH-P1B PWC Fender works great because of its hinged design.
Tip: Before docking, you’ll want to have the fenders out and on the side you plan on docking at.
Sucking stuff up in your jet ski propulsion system is the same feeling as getting a flat tire in your car. Both are not fun, and both leave you stranded til you get the problem fixed.
What if they made a tool that lowered the chances of getting a flat tire, I bet you would buy it. That is what a shock tube or also known as an impeller protector does; it’s a tool to keep you from sucking up your towing lines.
I would put the shock tube on the definitely buy jet ski accessories list because sucking up a rope is a pain to fix and time-consuming. If you’re wondering why it goes by shock tube that is because it doubles as a damper in the off chance the tow rope breaks it doesn’t smack the person being pulled.
If you have sucked something up, I have a guide on what to do here.
Being pulled on a tube is the best experience you can have on the water! There is nothing else like it, and it’s a perfect activity for the whole family to do.
If you needed a reason to buy a jet ski, you have found the reason in towable tubes!
Every tube is different, so it’s essential to get the one that fits your style of riding.
Tubes & Styles
AIRHEAD AHRE-12 Rebel Tube, Rope and Pump Kit – A great starter tube that is a playful one seater. You’ll have more fun on a single rider tube like this one than many of the bigger and heavier tubes.
SPORTSSTUFF 53-2213 Big Mable Towable – A personal favorite of mine, the Big Mable is easy going and perfect for someone new to tubing. You’ll still have a blast with this tube but it has more handles and a plusher ride than other tubes. One of the best selling towable tubes I’ve seen.
SPORTSSTUFF 53-2030 4K Booster Ball for Towables – This is not a tube but something you add if you want to enhance the experience.
AIRHEAD AHM2-2 Mach 2 Towable – A 2 person tube that allows you to sit in a cockpit which gives you a more secure fit especially for the kids.
WoW Watersports, Thriller Deck Tube, Towable, Wild Wake Action – Not for the faint of heart but instead for someone who wants a real tubing experience. All I can say is hold on tight as you’re in for a wild and fun ride!
9.Accessories For Tubes
Let’s not forget about the accessories that go along with towable tubes.
- 12-Volt Inflator.
- Tow Rope.
- Booster Ball.
A paddle is something you’ll never need until you really need one. You may never have any problems listed below but if you do you’ll be glad you got a paddle.
You could use a paddle…
- if you run out of gas.
- if you sucked up rocks.
- if you sucked up a rope.
- if your battery is dead.
- if you need something to wave down passing boaters.
- As a tool to extend to someone hurt and floating in the water.
A paddle even makes a great Christmas or Birthday gift for the boater in your life!
The Airhead Telescoping Paddle found on Amazon is what I use. I like it because it’s telescoping so it stores neatly and compactly in the vessel.
So you got your Jet Ski home and on the dock. You might be asking yourself, “how do I lock this thing down”? The best way is with a cable lock around the front bow hook.
Most drive up docks have a place for you to wrap your cable lock around. Be sure to still use dock line for holding the watercraft along with the cable lock.
The cable lock will also work for trailers, lifts, and any other way you want to lock down your vehicle. If you don’t want your jet ski stolen this is a solid investment!
Most states require you to have a whistle or an air horn within reach.
What I do is buy a bunch of whistles and attach them to every life jacket I own. This way, no matter what I always have a whistle and so do my guest.
Most states want you to have a safety whistle because of the high visibility of it. I might be a little paranoid, but I also carry an air horn too when I ride my ski.
A dry bag works great to keep your phone, wallet, registration, insurance papers, spare clothes, towel, and everything else you carry dry.
I’ve always been a big fan of bags like this for the color and quality of the bag. A great feature with dry bags is that they’re buoyant enough to float if you drop them in the water.
Important: It’s easy to lose your wallet, keys, phone, and other important and valuable things when jet skiing. This is why it’s important that you secure these things in your dry bag and store it safely in your personal watercraft before you ride.
Here is a list of recommended clothing and accessories you should have when riding a jet ski.
- Riding Gloves.
- Rash Guard.
- Sunscreen (Got to stay protected from the UV light!).
- Water Shoes (keeps you from slipping and hurting your feet).
- Wetsuit/drysuit (A must if you ride when the weather is cold or crummy).
- Wetsuit bottoms (Read the warning stickers at the rear of the PWC for why).
To see the complete list of what to wear on a jet ski click here.
A list of things that are nice to have for “just in case” situations.
- Cheap Tool Set (You probably won’t ever need it but if you ever change the battery yourself its nice to have. The most common size sockets are 10mm and 13mm).
- Tape the number to TowBoat or any boat towing services to the glovebox of your PWC.
- Spare cash.
- Knife (There have been a few times that I needed to cut rope or something to get my ski freed).
- Bookmarked my website in your phone for the times you suck up ropes or your jet ski won’t start.
15.Jet Ski Cooler
When it comes to jet ski coolers you want one that is flexible and not a hard body. Storage compartments on jet skis are oddly shaped openings and a hard cooler won’t work.
I recommend getting a cooler that collapses like the CleverMade SnapBasket Soft-Sided Collapsible Cooler.
A cooler is a must have to keep your food and drinks cold. Many lakes have islands where you can beach the watercraft and get out the cooler and have lunch. One favorite spot of mine is a restaurant on the water and having a cooler where you can bring back leftovers is a nice plus.
16.Jet Ski Fishing Accessories
If you plan on using your PWC for fishing you’ll need a place to put your rods. Sure, you could lay your fishing rods in the footwells of the watercraft but why do that when they have fishing accessories that work better.
You can buy fishing racks and rod holders that fit on the back of many watercraft.
In 2019 Sea-Doo came out with the Fish Pro which has the racks, rod holders, and even GPS with fish finder from the factory. Worth a look at if you’re serious about fishing.
17.Jet Ski Ladder
Boats come with ladders but some jet skis don’t. It’s easy to overlook a ladder in the buying process but its one of those things you come to find out you really need. You might also find that the ladder you have now isn’t long enough or simply doesn’t work for you.
If you don’t have a ladder or the one you have now won’t cut it then you can get the Hardline Products EZ Riser Boarding Ladder. It does have a 300-pound weight capacity and is easy to store away too.
18.PWC Sound System
Nothing better than listening to your favorite music while riding on your jet skis. Many jet skis don’t have a built-in stereo system but there are wireless Bluetooth speakers available. Check out the Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker on Amazon.
I also have a guide here to cover the options you have for jet ski speakers and Bluetooth systems.
19.Jet Ski Lanyards
It doesn’t hurt to keep an extra lanyard around as it’s a good chance it’ll get lost in the future.
If you’re not sure what Lanyard to get then the universal style like the JET LOGIC UL-3 Ultimate PWC Safety Lanyard will work. They are tethered to either your wrist or your life jacket and is the kill switch if you fall off your jet ski.
If you have a modern Sea-Doo with the DESS key then you can’t buy just any lanyard, you will need to program your keys and we go over that here.
If you’re not going to be using your watercraft for a few days then its best to keep a cover on it.
A cover keeps the sun, water, and bird poop away. The sun will fade your jet ski if you don’t keep it covered. A faded jet ski is hard to resell and faded fiberglass damages easier.
I have a guide here on the best jet ski covers and I also have another post on the common questions and tips someone might have about covers.
21.Jet Ski Trailer Accessories
My #1 recommendation for anyone with a jet ski trailer is to get a tongue jack. A tongue jack will keep you from breaking your back especially if you have a trailer weighted more towards the front or you can’t bend over much.
A Trailer Jack is shown in the image on the right in the up position. There is a pull lever for releasing it and rotating it down. Once rotated down there is a handle you can rotate to jack the trailer off the ball of the truck. This helps your back and makes it easier to move around the garage.
Putting a lock on the trailer coupler will keep people from driving away with your jet ski and trailer. Learn more about locking down your jet ski here.
Straps keep your jet ski on the trailer in more ways than one.
There have been a few times my front trailer hook broke and the rear straps saved my jet ski.
Not only that, straps keep the rear of the watercraft from sliding around on the trailer. This is why I do a strap on each side of the watercraft.
I know trailer straps can be confusing and intimidating, but this video here does a great job explaining how to use them.
You never know what can happen so a safety kit is nice to have. Size matters so stick with the kits that are small. Don’t get fancy because you have your phone for the serious stuff.
23.Cleaner and Polish
Cleaning a jet ski can be different than cleaning a car. You should avoid cleaners and especially waxes made for cars as the fiberglass/gel-coat is very different than the metal/paint on a car.
I’m a big fan of 3M Marine products, no joke I’ve had this stuff work miracles.
- For waxing your jet ski stick with 3M 09009 Marine Cleaner and Wax.
- For cleaning the seats and other vinyl areas stick with 3M Marine Vinyl Cleaner And Restorer.
- For mildew, the little black spots you get on your covers and seats, use 3M 09067 Mildew Stain Remover.
For general cleaning, you can use any marine soap like Meguiar’s Marine/RV Boat Wash. Stick to the marine stuff as it’s biodegradable.
To finish it all off, my secret is to use SC1 Spray. There is nothing like this stuff and really makes your machine look better than new. Not only that but it helps protect the surface of the jet ski!
If you want the step by step on how to clean a jet ski I go into great detail here. After cleaning a few thousand jet skis you learn some very useful tricks and I share them all.
Do I Need…?
Do I need a helmet for riding my jet ski? No, but there are cases where it does make sense to get a helmet. The problem is that there is not an official “jet ski helmet” and getting the wrong one could be really bad. You’ll want a helmet that is breathable and won’t get waterlogged. I have a guide on helmets and what to buy if you need to get one.
Goggles? It won’t hurt to get goggles for when you ride. I usually stick to sunglasses and so do most people, but if you’re serious about jumping waves a helmet and goggles are a must.
SeaScooter? While a SeaScooter is cool it’s not something you would need for a Jet Ski. These are more for divers and snorkeling in the ocean. They do great in clear water but not so great in rivers and lakes. Another downside is that many of them are too big to fit in the storage of your jet ski.
Cup Holders? Some Yamaha’s come with cup holders but I would argue you should not buy any for your jet ski. I recommend sticking to water bottles and to not drink and drive. Cup holders on a jet ski is a bad idea, it’s not a smooth ride so any open beverage will end up all over the place in the slightest of waves. Stick to keeping the drinks in the soft cooler I recommend above so it stays cool and doesn’t risk falling out.
GoPro? While it’s not a “need” it sure is great to have one. You’ll be amazed at what you catch with these cameras when you ride. I’ve gotten to the point where I turn my GoPro on for every ride to not only catch all the fun things I do but as a dashcam, in case I or someone in my group gets in a wreck. While the GoPro Hero 7 is out now I’m still a fan of the GoPro HERO5 Session here on Amazon.
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