The jet of water that comes out the steering nozzle at the back of the PWC is extremely dangerous. The jet stream is powerful enough to force water into a person’s body cavities, causing serious internal injuries, permanent disability, or death.
To avoid jet stream injuries:
- Connect the engine cut-off switch lanyard to the operator’s wrist or PFD. If the operator ends up in the water, shutting off the engine stops the jet stream.
- Wear a wetsuit or other protective clothing that will keep the jet stream from entering your body cavities.
- This is recommended for both the operator and any passengers.
- Passengers could fall off the PWC into the path of the jet stream before the operator can stop the engine.