FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a Jetski?
Jetski is the brand name of a personal watercraft manufactured by Kawasaki, a Japanese company. The term is often used generically to refer to any type of personal watercraft used mainly for recreation, and it is also used as a verb to describe the use of any type of PWC. A runabout style PWC typically carries 1–3 people seated in a configuration like a typical bicycle or motorcycle.
Is a license required to ride a Jetski?
Yes, a PPCDL is required to ride a jet ski in Singapore waters.
One can obtain a PPCDL with one of the training centres in Singapore.
How much does a Jetski cost?
Jet skis can cost anywhere from $5,000 on the affordable end of the spectrum, to $20,000 on the higher end. The most expensive is the Kawasaki Ultra 310LX and the cheapest jet ski currently on the market in 2021 is the Sea-Doo Spark.
Does a Jetski require alot of maintenance?
Generally, jet skis require little maintenance other than getting serviced. Simply winterizing a jet ski every year can significantly increase its lifespan and limit the overall maintenance required. If you rinse the jet ski with fresh water after usage and keep the oil and fluids topped up, you shouldn’t have any issues.
How to winterize a Jetski?
Remove all gear from storage spaces under seats and thoroughly wash the hull to remove any grime or algae. If you ride in salt water, take special care to ensure no salt residue is left behind. Wipe down and dry the seat, handles, and hull to limit any degradation of the material.
Do I need to obtain an insurance for my Jetski?
What is the minimum age requirement to ride a Jetski?
There is no age limit on a jet ski worldwide except for Singapore as a PPCDL is required to ride the jet ski, the minimum age will be 16 years old. The jet ski manufacturers have recommendations for the minimum height of the passengers for safety reasons. For safety reasons, a jet ski operator’s minimum age is normally considered to be 16 years old.
What are the Jetski features to consider before buying?
- Engine power
Jet ski engines tend to have between 60-310 horsepower depending on make and model. Naturally aspirated engines that come in stock jet skis typically produce 60-180 horsepower, while supercharged models can provide 250-310 horsepower.
Naturally aspirated engines use atmospheric pressure in the intake to push the cumbustion process of the motor. They deliver steady power, whereas turbo charged engines use force induction and can lag–even though they give more power.
If you’re just starting out or renting you might want to consider a jet ski that offers lower horsepower in order to minimize the learning curve.
Depending on your ability and skill, you will want a different level of handling from your jet ski. If you want to ride a smooth and nimble jet ski, having an ergonomic steering system on your ski will help you react faster and make more precise turns.
An important factor in deciding what jet ski is right for you has to do with the number of passengers. Most jet skis are made so that two adults can ride with comfort, however there is the option in many models of having up to three passenger capacity including the driver.
These larger jet skis are often also great for pulling a water-skier or wakeboarder, equipped as some of them are with a ski pylon mount.
Storage is another important feature that jet skis can provide. Most jet skis have a dry storage space under the seat or under the handlebar. Additional storage space is available on the back of the jet ski. The amount of storage you need depends on the type of activities you will be doing, but generally speaking, most jet skis offer a suitable amount of storage for valuables and a small waterproof backpack.
A jet ski’s trim helps keep the nose of the ski down, up, or even–depending on how it’s adjusted. When the trim is up, it keeps the nose down and helps increase your stability if you are riding in choppy water. For reaching speeds on calm water, you want your trim even so you can glide across the water with the least amount of resistance.
- Kill cord
The kill cord shuts off the engine, so that the jet ski doesn’t continue going when the rider falls off. A kill cord is a red lanyard with a clip at one end that attaches to a button on the console and a clip attached to the rider at the other end. Jet ski riders usually attach the kill cord to their wrist, their life vest or knee.
What type of Jetski should I buy?
The type of jet ski you need will depend on the features and specifications you want the jet ski to have. There are various types of jet ski models available ranging from recreational to performance, each having its own advantages and disadvantages for riders.
- Recreational-light jet ski
The recreational light jet ski is the most affordable type of jet ski on the market. With a top speed of around 40-50 miles per hour, these models have a 50 to 100 horsepower engine and are used for leisure. For this reason, they are small and lightweight with a capacity of two adults. These jet skis aren’t suitable for waves or bad weather as their lightweight and small hull makes it difficult to ride them in rough conditions.
- Recreational jet ski
The recreational jet ski models are the most popular mid-range jet ski models available. They are bigger and faster than recreational light jet ski models and have better specifications and features such as speed control options and performance options.
With an engine of between 100 and 200 horsepower, recreational jet skis have a top speed of between 50-65 miles per hour. Depending on the horsepower of the jet ski, recreational models can be used for leisure, wakeboarding, work (such as towing) and recreational racing.
- Luxury jet ski
Luxury jet skis are the most feature-rich jet ski models. They have powerful engines that have over 300 horsepower and boast a top speed of more than 65 miles per hour. Luxury jet skis are built to be big, with more storage and fuel capacity than other models.
They are designed to offer the highest level of comfort available while providing a stable and enjoyable ride in almost any condition. All the premium features are included with luxury jet skis, so you won’t have to worry about missing out on anything.
Touch screen displays, security systems and even eco-friendly performance modes are all standard features in luxury jet skis.
- Performance jet ski
Performance jet skis are elite versions of recreational jet ski models. They are made for competition and are easily the fastest jet skis on the market. With increased acceleration, torque, and handling, performance they can reach top speeds of 70-80 miles per hour, powered by extremely powerful engines. These models require a high level of skill to ride effectively and are best suited for experienced jet ski riders.
- Stand-up jet ski
Originally, all jet ski’s were narrow stand-up models with long handlebars that can move up and down with the driver’s stance. However, they’ve gone out of fashion due to how difficult they are to use and are now mainly used in competitions. There are still a few stand-up models, but if you’re serious about a stand-up jet ski, your best bet is to buy one second hand.