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    What is the minimum age to drive a jet ski?


    The minimum age to drive a ski is 15 years. 15-year old individuals must, however, be accompanied on the ski by an adult. To drive a jet ski alone, you must be at least 16 years old.

    Why there is a minimum age to drive a jet ski

    There is a minimum age to drive a jet ski because:

    • Jet skis are powerful vehicles that require a certain amount of physical strength to control.
    • Children under the age of 15 are typically less aware of potential dangers than older individuals, which may cause them to take risks likely to result in potentially serious jet ski accidents

    Injuries caused by jet skiing accidents can be severe, even fatal. Preventing accidents while jet skiing is therefore of utmost importance.

    Preventing accidents

    Most jet ski injuries can be prevented by:

    • Ensuring no-one under the minimum age is permitted to drive a ski
    • Learning to operate jet skis properly
    • Never riding jet skis at night or in pitch-black waters
    • Ensuring your jet ski is in good working order
    • Never driving jet skis under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
    • Wearing a life jacket and preferably also a wet suit, gloves and goggles
    • Staying a minimum of 100 feet away from other watercraft, rafts, divers and swimmers
    • Never driving jet skis without lanyards which automatically cut off the engines in case a rider should fall off
    • Never riding a jet ski alone (or at least letting someone know where you are heading) in case of emergencies

    When riding a hired jet ski, it is important to hire the vehicle from a reputable company.

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    Jet ski hire

    Individuals or companies offering jet skis for hire have a duty of care to protect their customers against jet ski injuries by ensuring:

    • Vehicles are well maintained and in good, safe working order
    • Users are instructed adequately in the safe use of the vehicles, risks and safety precautions
    • Providing life jackets and other safety gear (including lanyards)

    Naturally, they must also ensure anyone wishing to hire a jet ski is at or above the minimum age to drive a jet ski.

    Injured in a jet ski incident

    If you were injured in a jet skiing accident during the last three years and someone else caused your injury, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim. Call our Accident Advice Helpline freephone number on 0333 500 0993 (from your mobile) or 0800 689 0500 (from a UK landline) for confidential, no-obligation compensation advice.

    Date Published: March 17, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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