Make a splash!
Jet bikes are fast and exciting, meaning girls will have a real adventure taking to the water on them.
Jet bikes are small watercraft which skim across the surface of water and are ridden in a similar way to motorcycles. They are more commonly known as Jet Skis (a trademark belonging to the Kawasaki Company).
To take girls jet skiing, you will need to find a reputable local provider with a qualified instructor.
You can verify the quality of a provider by checking it has one of the following endorsements: AALA, Adventuremark or LotC Quality Badge for Adventure. These endorsements are not applicable in Northern Ireland, where you should ask your local Outdoor Activities Adviser to recommend an approved provider.
See safety regulations for more guidance.
- For inland water the minimum qualification required is RYA Powerboat Instructor (Inland).
- For coastal water the minimum qualification required is RYA Powerboat Instructor with Coastal Endorsement.
- When undertaking this activity through a commercial provider, you should use an RYA-affiliated centre.
- If using a safety boat during this activity, it is recommended that the driver should have first aid and lifesaving knowledge and hold RYA National Power Boat Certificate Level 2.
To do jetskiing, girls must be able to:
- swim 50 metres
- keep afloat for five minutes in the clothes normally worn for the activity.
Girls may fulfil these rules wearing a buoyancy aid or life jacket when either is required for the activity.
Include all: If a girl has a medical condition that will affect her ability to swim, ensure that you inform the instructor and make provision to allow her to participate safely.
The Leader must:
- make sure that safety rules and alarm signals have been explained to the girls, and the need for instructions to be obeyed immediately
- make sure the required buoyancy aids/life jackets are used
- follow water safety guidelines [LINK: http://www.rospa.com/leisure-safety/water/advice] and ensure that the responsible adult helpers are familiar with them.
Water should be inspected for signs of visible pollution, for example rubbish, blue green algae or chemicals.
Make sure girls and parents are aware of the dangers and symptoms of Weil's disease and what action to take if infection is suspected. On the day of the activity participants should be advised to cover cuts and grazes with waterproof plasters to help prevent infection.
See our guidance on water activities.
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