How to Right a Capsized PWC: Tips and Techniques
Capsizing your personal watercraft (PWC) or jet ski can be a scary experience. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to know how to right your PWC safely and quickly. Here are some tips and techniques that will help:
1. Stay Calm and Assess the Situation
The first thing you need to do is stay calm and assess the situation. Determine whether you can right the PWC on your own or if you need assistance. If you’re in deep water or the PWC is too heavy, seek out help from other boaters or call for assistance.
2. Secure Loose Items
Before attempting to right the PWC, secure any loose items on board, such as life jackets or bags, to prevent them from floating away.
3. Approach the PWC from the Rear
Approach the PWC from the rear, which is usually the lightest part of the craft. Grab onto the handlebars and lift the rear end up as high as possible.
4. Use Your Legs
Use your legs to push down on the back of the PWC while pulling up on the handlebars. This will help lift the front of the PWC out of the water.
5. Right the PWC
Once the PWC is nearly upright, use your legs to push upward and leverage the handlebars to the opposite side. This will help the PWC flip right-side up.
6. Board the PWC Safely
After righting the PWC, board safely by pulling yourself up onto the rear deck and lifting your leg over the seat.
7. Check for Damage
Before starting the engine, check for any damage to the PWC, such as water intake or damage to the impeller. If you notice any damage, don’t start the engine and seek professional help.
In summary, capsizing a PWC can happen to anyone. By staying calm and following these tips and techniques, you can safely right your PWC and get back on the water. Remember to always wear a life jacket and practice safe boating practices.