How Much Do Jet Skis Weigh?

Jet Skis are super fun to ride around in when the weather gets a bit warmer. It is the perfect activity for smaller groups or larger groups, and it is super fun but it is interactive. Even if it is not your turn on the jet ski, it is still fun to watch your friends as they plow through the waves whether they fall or not is a different story though…

If you are just getting into jet skiing, you might have a lot of questions on your mind. One common one asked by many beginning jet skiers is, “How much does a jet ski weigh?” This is a great question because jet skis can go super fast, making them look like intense machines but then again the way they bounce on the water makes you wonder if they are in fact that heavy…

Either way, we have got you covered. Let’s get started!

How Much Do Jet Skis Weigh? (On Average)

While jet skis do vary in weight and sizes (which in turn, will affect their weight), here is the average weight of jet skis:

On average, a jet ski weighs 850 pounds. The lightest stand-up jet ski (to date) is the Yamaha SUPERJET which weighs in at around 306 pounds. The lightest sit-down jet ski is the Sea-Doo Spark 2UP which comes in at 405 pounds.

The heaviest you ask? Well, we have the answer to that as well. The heaviest jet ski (to date) is the Kawasaki Ultra 310 LX which weighs in at around 1073.8 pounds.

Now keep in mind those are just the weight of the jet skis themselves and it does not, we repeat, does not include the trailer. If you are wondering how much does a jet ski trailer weight, then we have got you covered.

Please note: there are single, double, and 4-place trailers- if you are planning on buying a trailer, you should keep this information in mind. Here is a list of some Triton jet ski trailer weight for reference:

  • Triton Single Jet Ski Trailer Weight is about 195 Pounds.
  • Triton Double Jet Ski Trailer Weight is about 320 to 365 Pounds.
  • Triton Double Jet Ski Elite WCll Trailer is about 365 Pounds.
  • Triton 4-Place Jet Ski Trailer Weight is about 1,200 Pounds.

These are just the Triton brand jet ski trailer as a point of reference but they tend to be on the lighter side. Most other jet ski trailers will weigh much, much more.

Great Tips for Beginners | What You Need to Know

If you are a beginner and have never been on a jet ski or maybe you have been on once or twice but find you cannot get the hang of it, try following these tips:

●     Keep Your Jet Ski Straight

  • If it is your first time on a jet ski, you may find it hard to keep your jet ski straight. This is understandable and the good news is, it is super easy to figure out.
    • Just stare at the handlebar of the ski and then lift your head and look off into the distance.
    • Doing this will allow you to drive straight.
    • The tip here is to find a stationary target.

●     Get Back Up

  • Falling is all a part of the learning process and the fun so does not be embarrassed if you fall often.
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●     Don’t Hold On Too Tightly

  • If you are a passenger, do not hold on to the drive for dear life. If you hold on too tightly, it will make the driver uncomfortable and stiff-making it hard for him or her to steer.

●     Relax!

  • A lot of first time riders note that their hands get tired or their shoulders are sore but this is because they are like we had mentioned in the previous tip, holding on too tightly.
    • Lean forward slightly and relax your grip while keeping those elbows bent.

●     Standing vs Sitting

  • You may see some drivers standing while driving their jet skis and you think that is the way you should do it too and while standing up is fine, do consider sitting.
    • Standing makes controlling the jet ski a lot more difficult than sitting.
    • It also increases your risk of falling as well.
    • Once you get the hang of it, then you can stand while driving but if you are new or somewhat new, we would advise sitting first.
    • It is a lot less scary (or it will feel that way) and in turn, it will allow you to simply relax instead of worrying that you will fall over.

Lastly, remember that everyone was a beginner at one point or another. Even if you fall over or are afraid of looking silly, know that everyone has felt that way one time or another.

If you feel nervous or are embarrassed about other people seeing you, do ask a friend or family member to go with you during a time when the water is mostly empty. So relax,  have fun, and enjoy jet skiing.

Frequently Asked Questions | What You Want to Know but Might be too Afraid to Ask

●     Is there any way I won’t get wet?

  • The most fun part about jet skiing is getting splashed by water, but if you do like water…then jet skiing may not be for you.
    • Of course, getting drenched is one thing but even if you do not fall in, you will still get wet one way or another. 

●     What should I wear?

  • A bathing suit and a well-fitted life vest will suffice if you are jet-skiing during the warmer months of spring and summer.
    • However, if you love jet-skiing all year round then do consider a wetsuit (or a dry suit) if you are planning on going during the colder months of fall and winter.

●     How scared should I be?

  • To be quite honest, like many sports, the risk of getting hurt is there. However, if you follow the guidelines and do not try any funny business, you should be safe.
    • Accidents are rare but it does not mean that they will not occur. Accidents usually happen when either the driver, passengers, or other people are not aware of their surroundings.

In Conclusion | Be Safe Out There

While jet skis do not weigh even half as much as your average car (fun fact: the average car weighs around 4,000 lbs!), they are still quite heavy. The fact that there is some weight to these jet skis in conjunction with their speed, shows that they are not to be messed with.

While jet skiing is super fun and we cannot deny that we also think it is important to be cautious around them and on them. Always be aware of your surroundings and if you are with younger children, be sure to keep an eye out for them too.

If you found this article interesting or helpful (or hopefully both), feel free to pass it on to a friend or a family member who is beginner jet skiers too. We are sure they would appreciate the thought and maybe could learn a thing or two.

Stay safe and happy jet skiing!

Chris Mills

Chris bought his first boat a few years ago and he has been learning about boating and boat care ever since! Chris loves to share what he learns with others and we are excited to have him writing for us here at Best Boat Report!

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