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Author Topic:  The new persons guide to jet ski clothing, accessories and handy equipment  (Read 73338 times)

Offline Krazy Koika

I thought I would compile a thread of suggested and recommended clothing, gear and equipment and have it aimed directly for newbies, newbies who are clueless like how I am/was! I'm not saying at all that I know everything and this is what you should do and get. Use this as a guide. I have been fortunate to get great advice and assistance from the experiences of people here at PWCFUN. This has enabled me to be more 'fast tracked' than the predecessors before me. If this thread helps one person learn something new then it has served its purpose. Other members are encouraged to add their knowledge and advice to this thread too.




Clothing/Wetsuits

I live in Victoria and here we can have 4 seasons in one day. I have a surfing background so I already have 2 wetsuits. One spring suit (short leg / short sleeve) which is primarily used for Summer. And a 4/3 steamer which is a full bodied winter wetsuit. I wore this in March 2009 for an adventure ride and cooked myself. If I had nothing and had to buy another wetsuit, I would probably go for a long john and jacket like so: http://www.quakysense.us/products/wetsuit/flex_bl_jacket_john.html







The Quakysense range are available from Rye Jet Ski, who is also a member here at PWCFUN.
The reason I'd go a long john is because A, some of them look hot (the suit, not the model of course) and B, if you get cold, you can add the top jacket half, or if your hot, you can loose it.
Tip: When putting on a tight or wet wetsuit: Wrap a plastic bag around your foot then slip it through your wetsuit. Do this to all your limbs.




Head:

You need something to protect your head from the cold wind chill factor if in Vic / Tassie. I know people that wear cloth balaclavas, beanies and neck warmers. I know you can also get neoprene (wetsuit) beanies from surf shops. Rip Curl have different designed surf hoods with ones that are caps that clip under your chin to full blown dive styled / balaclava winter surf neck covered ones. 
Example:



Standard baseball caps run the risk of blowing off your head if not strapped down. I constantly see a number of hats floating around in the bay already.




Gath Helmets:


Gath helmets are helmets specially designed for watersports. They were designed and created by surfers in Margaret River, WA. Their new series helmets are now much more comfortable and this has made them world leaders in their field. If you want head protection and don't want to wear a bulky motocross helmet in the water, take a look at the following link: http://www.gathsports.com/ If you contact them by phone you will find them very friendly and approachable.
Eyes/Goggles:

From what I understand, some people like goggles, others despise them. Some people have skiing / snowboarding Oakley goggles and say they work a treat in the water and are fine if they get wet. I personally have sunglasses with holes in them designed to let them breathe and let water out. I know you can get goggles designed for jetskiing. I have tried the high def ones that are the orange ones and they brighten up what you see. They are great for those overcast/dark type days.  Oakley also make a H20 Watersport goggle, which are primarily designed for jet skiing and float in the water. If you are going to wear your sunglasses just be sure that you have a strap that wraps around your head or one of them neoprene straps which will keep the sunny's afloat if they come off in the water. A water repellent for lenses is recommended too. Plexus is one option there. I've also been told rainex will do the trick too. Oakley also sell one called hydrophobic solution. You can see a good example of how these work by clicking this link: http://oakley.com.au/innovation/optical_superiority/hydrophobic




Hands and feet:


Gloves and footwear. When you are travelling at 100km + you would normally be standing. So at this stage there are two points of contact to the Personal Water Craft, your hands and feet. If you can make these points have more grip, you will find yourself fighting less to 'hang on'. I personally wear the following neoprene gloves and they have 'sticky' palms:

Others wear motorcross riding type gloves. Basically, you want gloves for two main reasons - Stop the wind chill factor and also to give a comfortable and more secure grip to your handlebars. Afterall, this is where you hold onto the PWC.

Booties will basically keep your toes warm as they will get wet from the point of launching onwards. They are a good safety precaution for the times you may need to walk on rocks, seaweed, reef, walk to refuel, and when standing on those slippery boat ramps when you launch and retrieve your ski. They will also assist with grip when skiing at high speeds as they are one of the points of contact. I have seen people wear sneakers and also proper jet ski boots are available.







Tour Jackets

Tour Jackets are neoprene jackets which are great for a day on the water. It's an extra layer that can be worn and taken off in seconds. They act as an excellent wind break for high speeds.
Rye Jet Ski has a high quality Quakysense Jackets available
I have also seen good Jet Pilot ones aswell. When I bought mine I wore an instore PFD (Personal Floatation Device) and tried on tour jackets over the top of the life jacket. 




Anchors

Convenient for when stopping for a meal break, refuelling or a tourist stop. This eliminates the risk of you beaching your PWC on the shore on an outgoing tide or having it float away on an incoming tide. There are two sorts both with pros and cons. First is the traditional weighted anchor type as pictured:





The advantage of this type is that when you wish to anchor, you just throw it out, hook it up and you're done. The disadvantage of this one is that you have the weight of the anchor to cart around with you. The anchor pictured only weighs 1.5 kg. Some PWC anchors weigh 2.5kg. I personally believe that you work on 1.5kg as a minimum and 2.5 kg as a maximum.

The other sort are the sand bag anchors:





The advantage of this is that they weigh practically nothing when empty in your storage compartment. The disadvantage is that you need to let go of your ski to fill it with sand or rocks. This can be difficult in roughish conditions or hazardous when near rocks. I've seen people use them with ease in flat conditions.

Another anchor, that is new on the market is the Coopers Anchor. It's a 1kg Nylon Anchor that will always sit the right way up and work changing tide directions. Good for anchoring in the sand. Their website has a video demonstrating how it works: http://cooperanchors.com.au/







Camera

A must when adventure riding!! Water proof cameras are highly recommended as they also have a shockproof factor built in. Your camera gets knocked around in the ski's compartments at times. I personally have a Panasonic Lumix and I know others that have the Olympus. Both take great pics.



Water Buoy Flotation Devices

Water Buoys are new products that have come out and are used to make any object float up to 1kg float to the surface of the water. They clip on to anything and are the size of a cigarette lighter and cost $25 AU. I have one and have attached it to my camera so if my camera went overboard it would float to the surface. You can attach 'water buoys' to anything you want. Keys, Wallet, Waterproof phone pouch, waterproof case, etc, etc.  I bought mine from a local Marine Shop. I would happily pay $25 to get my camera back if it fell overboard - or even my car keys.
Water Buoy link to show exactly what I am talking about:
http://www.water-buoy.com/



Sunscreen


Slip Slop Slap. Sunscreen is also required as you do get wind burnt very easily. Slip Slop Slap. I have a roll on sunscreen which is handy for when you are wearing gloves. Make sure it's waterproof!!
Did I mention Slip Slop Slap?



Waterproof pouches, for phones, wallets, maps, UHF/VHF radios, etc.

It is highly important to maintain communication whilst out on the water. There's the possibility that you may find yourself not on your ski and not in a position to get back on it. And if you're on your own, you're potentially rat shit. This site here has some options and also some great solutions on how to keep your phone waterproof: http://www.communicationsunited.com.au/index.php?p=5



The sports cases on the link above strap around your arm so you maintain comms even when your mobile phone has floated away with your ski.

The following is a 5 litre waterproof bag that I keep my personal items that I don't want getting wet. The tops of them fold down as many times necessary which keeps the size to a minimum. I would keep things like my boat licence, sunscreen, lip balm, phone, car keys, money, etc in this bag. When I go for a coffee on the water, I just grab the bag and I know everything in it is dry and in one spot.   





VHF / UHF Radio's

Anyone heading out on their own or if you are doing Ocean Riding, a VHF/UHF Radio is advisable. There are times when you will have no network coverage in the water. You can have a standard one (not waterproof) and get a waterproof pouch for it like shown here: http://www.communicationsunited.com.au/index.php?p=5. Again, they can strap to your arm should you be disconnected from your ski.



Jerry Cans

Essential for adventure rides. Each ski has different sized compartments so this will determine the size of your jerry cans. Some Sea Doo's can carry a 20 litre jerry can. Mine can 20 litres but in the form of one 10 litre and two 5 litres. I went to Supercheap Auto with my jet ski and had a play with  all the available heavy duty jerry's till I worked out what best worked with my ski. They do get knocked around in the ski a bit so heavy duty is recommended.



Water Dispersants:

There are lots of options available but most people I know use the following: Inox, Inox Lanox, or Sea Doo Lube. Different strokes for different folks. Use your own due diligence, research, ask and use what you feel comfortable with. I personally use Inox and buy it in 5 litre containers and don't hold back when using it.
There has been much discussion about the uses of of different sorts of Water Dispersants. There is a detailed discussion about it in the Inox, Good or Evil? thread which is a very good and interesting read.



Voltarin 25:

Good stuff for sore muscles. After a full day skiing, your muscles will feel it.
Voltarin 50 is prescription grade. The 25 is over the counter stuff. According to my primary school maths, 25 x 2 = 50. Legally I can't say anymore :P.



Remember that Safety is a number one priority. We all must abide and follow the Marine Safety Guidelines highlighted in the following link:

http://www.marinesafety.vic.gov.au/Web1/msvhome.nsf/HeadingPagesDisplay/Recreational+BoatingPersonal+Watercraft+or+PWC?OpenDocument





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« Last Edit: August 18, 2011, 04:19:41 PM by Krazy Koika »
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Offline George

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Well Done KK.

Also remember to carry your licence on you, again if you happen to end up not on your ski.
A bad day on the water is better than a good day in the office.
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Offline Krazy Koika

Thanks george.
Yes, you are right. I guess two obvious things here that I haven't touched on are PFD's and boat licences.

I would have also mentioned GPS's for adventure rides but unfortunately I don't own one and have minimal knowledge on them at this stage. Maybe someone experienced with them can edit/add to the post.

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Offline jeffa

Hi KK,

Great post.

One item you could mention is torches. There is post on the site about which waterproof and floating torch to get.

Water police can spoil your day if you can't do both.

See you on the water soon

Jeffa

2010 YAMAHA FX SHO

Offline jerry500

Hey KK

Great post. Very informative. May be worth discussing that two separate seadoo dealers have now told me that the catastrophic computer failure i have had on my ski was due to Inox destroying the water proof seals on  the connector.
Dont really know who to listen to or what to spray on my ski now other than seadoo lube.

Just some food for thought.

Shaun.  br
2005 rxt. 92 x2 kawasaki. 2006 child, (Very expensive to run!)

Offline Krazy Koika

Thanx Jerry500 -
First Post Edited.
Also added VHF / UHF.
If I knew about EPIRBS, I'd do that too - hint, hint  bg
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Offline Nicjak

they have been selling them there for awhile now reasonably priced too
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Offline DJ238

I was just watching a Qld Police YouTube clip at and it mentions requiring an epirb if more than half a nautical mile from land.  They then later mention in the same video that it is required if more than 2 NM offshore. Can anyone clarify this please?

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I think its 2nm in Qld but its different from state to state unfortunately.

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Offline Nigel

Re: The new persons guide to jet ski clothing, accessories and handy equipment
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2014, 08:48:53 PM »



Hands and feet:[/u]

Gloves and footwear. When you are travelling at 100km + you would normally be standing. So at this stage there are two points of contact to the Personal Water Craft, your hands and feet. If you can make these points have more grip, you will find yourself fighting less to 'hang on'. I personally wear the following neoprene gloves and they have 'sticky' palms:


Others wear motorcross riding type gloves. Basically, you want gloves for two main reasons - Stop the wind chill factor and also to give a comfortable and more secure grip to your handlebars. Afterall, this is where you hold onto the PWC.


As mentioned by KK gloves are important for jet ski riding as you will need to grip the handlebars as well as for comfort, such as warmth and protect your hands from excessive sunburn!

Over the years I have used a number of different types from diving type neoprene to motocross. This weekend I have been testing a pair of Motocross type gloves that have the added bonus of extra padding. These are the Fox Polarpaw gloves. Besides offering great protection and grip they also have the benefit of keeping your hands warm. Especially from the wind chill that occurs when you become wet! From my point of view these are well worth consideration.
« Last Edit: December 21, 2014, 08:58:29 PM by Nigel »
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Offline Nigel

As quoted by KK above "Waterproof pouches, for phones, wallets, maps, UHF/VHF radios, etc.

It is highly important to maintain communication whilst out on the water. There's the possibility that you may find yourself not on your ski and not in a position to get back on it. And if you're on your own, you're potentially rat shit. "


 blma 

  has been given the opportunity to test some awesome waterproof bags & cases from "over-board"

They have an extensive range that covers all of your requirements for your time on & off the water.

The great news is that they have a local Australian distributor that has a showroom on the Gold Coast, Queensland that makes it easy for locals to call in & personally check out the range.

We have been able to arrange a great deal for Over-Board Waterproof Bags & Cases with the Australian Distributor that has a showroom on the Gold Coast, Queensland that makes it easy for locals to call in & personally check out the range.

Over-Board Showroom details: 40 George Street, Southport, Queensland, Tel: (07) 5532 2421 Ask for Anthony & mention Jet Ski Club to get 10% off!

Also checkout further details here: http://thejetski.club/jet-ski-club-special-offers-and-deals!/over-board-waterproof-bags-cases-jet-ski-club-deal/msg20565/#msg20565
« Last Edit: August 25, 2015, 08:10:56 PM by Nigel »
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If anyones after a great Kidney belt try this one
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I've brought MX belts for years and have to replace them every 6 months. We've been using these since November and they are as new.
They are much wider and fit much better. Just remember to take out the "boning" in the back as its not needed and may cause an injury.

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Hello KK, Good to see your guide of accessories for newbies like me. I actually bought a Gath Helmet and visor as I wear prescription glasses. Wetsuit info will really help as I'm buying my accessories now. Getting my 1st Jest Ski next week. Yamaha 2015 FX SHO Supercharged. Glad to hear you live in Victoria. Maybe some good rides in groups could eventuate in the better weather. I'm keen to meet others and have fun.

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Hello KK, Good to see your guide of accessories for newbies like me. I actually bought a Gath Helmet and visor as I wear prescription glasses. Wetsuit info will really help as I'm buying my accessories now. Getting my 1st Jest Ski next week. Yamaha 2015 FX SHO Supercharged. Glad to hear you live in Victoria. Maybe some good rides in groups could eventuate in the better weather. I'm keen to meet others and have fun.

Welcome Kevin lots of rides in Victoria. We had 50 skis last weekend at Echuca.


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Thanks George. 50 skis at Echuca sounds awesome. Will watch for any posts for future rides now. Going to pick up my ski now.  wh


 


 

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