Sea-Doo jet skis offer a range of driving modes and key options tailored for specific riding experiences. These options include the Touring, Sport, ECO, Slow Speed (or Trolling), Speed Limiter, Ski Modes and the Learning, Rental, Normal, Launch, Neutral Adjustment, Drown, and Dock Keys for select models. Each driving mode corresponds to unique speed and fuel consumption settings, while the keys can facilitate learning or rental restrictions, among others. Additionally, Sea-Doo models usually offer more options compared to competitors like Yamaha and Kawasaki.
Jet skis and night riding don’t mix. Despite attempts to add navigation lights, it’s illegal and dangerous. Due to their small size and quick movements, jet skis can confuse other boaters at night. They lack reflectors, making fallen riders invisible. Fog and rainstorms are best avoided. In emergencies, seek land, docks, or call for help, but never remove your life jacket. Only specialized models used by search and rescue teams are equipped for night use, not available to the average customer.
New jet ski owners often underestimate their watercraft’s shallow water limitations. Unlike boats, jet skis can’t navigate in ultra-shallow waters due to their powerful suction. Operating in less than 3 feet of water risks sucking up debris, damaging the impeller, or the wear ring. When starting in shallow water, aim for waist-deep areas, and avoid turning on the engine too soon. Beaching should be done with the engine off, or use a screw anchor. Even at high speeds, shallow waters pose a risk. If you do suck something up, seek professional repairs, as it’s not covered by warranties and rarely by insurance. While the risk exists, with cautious use, it’s relatively rare.
New to jet ski controls? They come with brakes, reverse, and a unique neutral. Brakes act like reverse, enhancing safety. Reverse varies from manual levers to handlebar triggers. Jet skis lack traditional transmissions, with the engine directly linked to the impeller. Yamaha’s RIDE, Sea-Doo’s iBR, and Kawasaki’s brakes offer diverse options. Brakes are essential for quick stops and docking. Remember, manual reverse isn’t a substitute for brakes. While brakes are a recent innovation, they greatly enhance control and safety in these nimble watercraft.