The first time you take your sea doo ride, you probably don’t know what it is, and even if you did, it probably felt like a big part of your life at the time. What started out as an experiment turned into something that will hopefully one day help save lives. But before you say ‘No, don’t do that!’, remember this: It’s not as scary as you think. And according to many experts, it’s also much safer than you might think. Here are some tips for making your first sea doo ride as safe as possible.
Keep an eye out
First things first, make sure your ride is covered. This can be the single most important thing you do in the early stages of your sea doo ride. Always wear gloves, a helmet and a life jacket if possible. If possible, wear a long sleeve Shirt that Listens to the air instead of the water. Always be aware of the wind, weather and any other potential hazards. If you’re not wearing a helmet, wear one that is properly designed, properly secured and securely fastened. Make sure all your personal stuff is included in the box when you get the bike.
This could be your clothes and shoes, your wallet, phone and even your food and liquids. If you’re taking the bike in a car, make sure there are no extra items in the car that could be charging your car’s battery or consigning it to high-risk activities. If you’re riding a bike, make sure it is securely fastened and is wearing a helmet. Check that the bars and handlebars are secure and in order. Make sure the seat is comfortable and the weight distributed properly. Make sure the bars and handlebars are in the correct position for your height, weight and riding style.
Make sure your ride is covered.
After you’ve made sure your ride is covered, you’re probably going to start getting some questions. The first one is ‘Is this really necessary?’ The more important, is to make sure your ride is properly covered at all times. Not only do you want to be able to take it in/out of the garage and garage doors, but also for any other potential hazards that may arise on the way. This includes weather and road conditions, so make sure the bike cover is weather-resistant and able to take on the elements.
Make sure the helmet is clean before each ride.
If you’re on the short side (5’10”-6’0”) or you’re using a helmet with lenses, be sure to take care of it. All your personal stuff should be stored in a plastic bag or zippered cloth with a hole so you can take it in/out of the house without worrying about getting it wet. If the other stuff in the bike is blue or grey, or you have a child in the family who loves to wear glasses, you may have to buy a new helmet. It’s not a large investment, but it’s something you need to be aware of while buying your first sea doo ride. And if you’re not sure how to magnify your own cover, you can always ask a friend to do it for you.
Take It Slower and Carefully
Remember, this is a small plane, and it’s going to rustle up tiny bits of paper and cloth as it goes down the runway. If you take the bike too fast, the little bits of cloth and paper that get flapping in the wind could be dangerous. If you’re not quickly moving the bike aside from any potential hazards, you could end up damaging or breaking one of the bike’s components. This means that, at best, your first sea doo ride will be a very short one. But at worst, it could be the start of an entire legal battle. The sooner you get this properly organized and managed, the better.
Your first sea doo ride is probably going to be your most significant sea distance experience. It’ll tell you about the sea, about the wind, about the waves and how they interact with the boats and the people on board. It’ll also let you know about your personal safety and the safety of others on the water.