How Fast Can A Jet Ski Go?

Jet skiing is a super fun sport for the entire family to enjoy. When the weather is nice and sunny, is there really anything better than jet skiing in the cool water? In fact, jet skiing is so popular that you should not be surprised to see many people doing it this spring and summer months. If you love jet-skiing and want to know, “How fast can a jet ski go?” or if you have never been on a jet ski but are just a curious person, then we have got you covered.

Let’s get started!

The Speed of a Jet Ski

When you see a jet ski out in the waters, sometimes it looks as if it is flying because of how fast it is going. However, the same phenomenon can be said about driving in a car.

Have you ever driven down an empty highway at sunset, feeling happy, and then you look at your speedometer and you are going almost 90 mph? Yet, it doesn’t feel that way? Well, that is the same feeling with jet skis.

How Fast Can A Jet Ski Go?

So how fast can a jet ski go? Well, after some research we found that the slowest jet skis go about 40 mph while the fastest ones go about 65 mph. Newer jet skis might be able to push 70 mph at most, but we would not be surprised if a few years down the line that changes. So jet skis cannot go as fast as a car (of course), but they still go pretty fast.

Important note: Before you move on to the next section, we want to note that you should always add or subtract 5 mph to accommodate the weight of the rider as well as the water conditions.

Important: Remember to be Safe

As mentioned above, jet skis are nowhere near as fast as cars or as heavy but that does not mean that you should let your guard down when you are around them. Do keep in mind that jet skis are still fully functioning machines which means one wrong, careless move and accidents are bound to happen.

Jet skis have  HP that is very comparable to motorcycles and large outboard boat engines. Did you know that jet skis make up a mere 9 percent of all registered marine vessels in the United States but they account for 26 percent of reported accidents?

If that does not make you worry then we do not know what will. Be safe out on the waters and treat jet skis the way you would treat a running car or motorcycle.

If it is your first time on a jet ski, then these tips will be extra important to you.

Down below we have put together some quick and simple rules to follow to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you:

1. Make sure you have the correct Jet Ski equipment

  • While jet skiing may sound super fun it is also to note that jet skis are considered Class A vessels by the U.S. Coast Guard. What does that mean for you? It means that all rules and regulations for boats under 16 feet apply- so before you head out into the water, be sure to be outfitted with the required (yes, required) equipment.
  • Equipment needed: ventilation system signal device (horn, whistle), coast-guard approved fire extinguisher, backfire flame arrestor, vessel registration (with displayed decals), and last but not least, a life vest.

2. Take a Jet Ski safety course

  • Most people think they understand how to drive a jet ski just by watching their friends do it but the truth of the matter is, if it is your first time-take a class.

3. Practice defensive driving

  • This also applies in driving as well but know how to be a defensive driver. Some boaters might be intoxicated or careless or maybe they just did not see you.
  • Always be on guard and make sure that you are always aware of your surroundings because you cannot depend on the other drivers to be aware of it for you.

Why is Jet Skiing so Fun?

Jet skiing is a super fun and almost addictive sport. Once you get the hang of it, you cannot wait to get back in the water. If you find yourself counting down the minute until you can head out into the water again and are wondering, “WHy is jet skiing so fun?” then know that you are not alone.

Here are some reasons why you might be a bit addicted to the sport (and hey, we do not blame you):

●     Muscle Building

  • If you feel kind of sore (or very sore) after spending the day out in the water with your jet ski, this is because jet-skiing requires intensive usages of your limbs.
    • Those who jet ski regularly find that it is great for their abdominal muscles.

●     Improves Blood Circulation

  • Another reason you feel so good after jet skiing is due to the increase in blood circulation.
    • This occurs when you stabilize your muscles by firmly gripping on the equipment with your body.

●     Burns Away Those Calories

  • Who says the only way to burn those pesky calories is by running an hour a day? With jet skiing, you burn a lot of calories and will still have fun.
    • Fun fact: you can burn up to 400 calories an hour while jet skiing!

●     Reduces Stress

  • When you are out in the water with your close group of friends or family members, you are not thinking about work or school or any other stress in your life.
    • In fact, it is kind of hard to think at all if you are holding on for dear life and trying not to fall into the water.
    • Jet skiing is a great way to “turn off” the mind and just have fun at the moment.

In Conclusion | The Jet Skiing Takeaway

Jet skiing is a great water sport that is not only fun but it is good for you. Instead of being cooped up all day playing video games or watching television, kids can enjoy some fun in the sun while also getting some exercise in as well. This not only applies to kids but to adults as well. As adults, sometimes we forget that sunny days at the lake and ocean are not just for kids.

Now that you know how fast a jet ski can go, you also will know how fast a jet ski should not go.

Meaning, you understand when you or the other passengers are going a bit too fast. It is quite interesting how people can easily notice when a car is going too fast on the road, but they tend to think less of the dangers in the water.

Jet skiing is a fun activity in small or large groups but the important thing is to remember to say safe while having fun. Other than that, we hope you enjoyed this article and found it helpful.

If you have a friend or family member who loves to jet ski, please feel free to pass this article along to them.

Happy jet skiing!

Kern Campbell

Kern is a life long boater who finds great happiness sitting at the helm of a boat running on the open water. When he's not running the boat, he's likely anchored up along the beach with his wife, kids and good friends enjoying a great day at the coast.

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