If you’re lucky enough to own a jet ski, you’ll know how much fun they are. And whether you’re a seasoned jet skier or have just bought a jet ski, you might be looking for inspiration to spruce up your ride and get the best experience.
Look no more. We’ve rounded up the top 10 must-have jet ski accessories, from quirky gadgets to essential safety add-ons. See which of these take your fancy.
1. Bungee dock line
Bungee dock lines allow quick docking. With good tensile strength, a bungee dock line can allow you to dock boats and jet skis up to around 1,500kg in weight.
However, besides docking, a bungee dock line can also absorb shock to your jet ski.
On most lines, the bungee cord slots nicely inside the rope and acts as a built-in ‘snubber’, adding essential shock-absorbing strength. The ropes often have foam floats attached, too, which protects your jet ski from chafing and abrasion.
The three most common types of dock lines are mega braid, double braid, and three-strand. So, it’s important to do your research to find which one best suits your jet ski.
Related: How To Choose The Right Dock Lines
If you’re heading out for a long, fun-filled day on the water, you’ll probably want to take some refreshments to keep you going. Therefore, it makes sense for you to own a cooler.
Coolers are available in various shapes and sizes, so regardless of what jet ski you have, there’ll be one to suit. However, we’d recommend getting a flexible cooler over one with a fixed hard surface – for two reasons.
Firstly, they’re more lightweight. Secondly, they can be adjusted to fit even the smallest of jet ski compartments.
3. Waterproof phone case
Mobile phones are valuable, so you don’t want to risk damaging them when you’re out on the water.
As a jet skier, you probably enjoy taking your phone out on rides to capture awesome videos and pictures – but the only way you can guarantee it won’t suffer water damage is to store it in a waterproof case.
There are many cases available tailored to specific phones, but if you’re changing your phone often, the case could become obsolete. Instead, you should get a universal case – these will last years and many phones.
Universal cases act as more of a pouch than a case, but they do the job and can be used for storing other small valuables that need to be kept dry.
4. Dry bag
Staying with the waterproof theme, let’s now look at dry bags.
Besides your phone, you’re likely to carry other possessions you want to keep dry. You can’t fit everything in your phone case, of course, so a dry bag is a handy piece of kit.
Dry bags are perfect for storing things like towels, spare t-shirts, and sun cream. And as the storage capacity on a jet ski itself is often limited, dry bags mean you can ‘make a day of it’.
5. First Aid Kit
Jet skiing is great fun but can also be dangerous if you don’t take safety procedures seriously. That’s why you need to make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit before every ride out.
It’s down to you what goes into your first aid kit, but we recommend at least the following:
- Safety pins
- Resuscitation face shield
- Gauze swabs
- Cleansing wipes
- Micropore tape
- Assorted plasters
- Burn gel
- Wound dressings
Packing the right things could save your life – so make this a priority, not an afterthought.
Related: Jet Ski Safety Kit
6. Tracking device
The two main types of trackers that are important for your jet ski are spot trackers and anti-theft trackers.
Spot trackers are to jet skis what Find My Friends is to iPhones. They allow friends and family to track your location and make sure you’ve not got into trouble. You might also sometimes hear these referred to as an EPIRB (emergency position-indicating radio beacon).
Anti-theft trackers, on the other hand, do exactly what they say on the tin.
They’re vital for an obvious reason – jet skis are expensive, so it’s important to safeguard them against theft.
If you’re torn between which type of tracking device to buy, we would advise you to get both. That way, you’re prepared for all eventualities.
7. Waterproof speakers
There’s only one thing more fun than jet skiing – jet skiing with music.
However, most jet skis don’t come with speakers already installed, so another accessory worth having is a waterproof speaker.
Most waterproof speaker batteries can last up to 20 hours on a single charge, so there’s no danger of running out of juice out on the water.
So, what are you waiting for? Make your jet skiing experience even better with your favourite tunes.
8. Jet Ski Anchor
Although the concept is the same, anchoring a jet ski isn’t as simple as anchoring a large boat.
They aren’t as widely available in shops, and there isn’t too much variety, either. That said, they bring essential benefits to your jet ski.
Anchoring your jet ski means you can pause, sit, and enjoy a spot on the water without worrying that you’ll stray off with the current.
A good anchor will be lightweight, have good holding power, and a buoy float on the end of the rope (so you don’t lose it!)
However, if you’re looking to buy one, be mindful of its size and weight. As we’ve already mentioned, space on a jet ski can be limited – so do your research first.
9. Jet Ski Lift
This is another jet ski accessory that does what it says on the tin.
Lifts allow you to pick up your jet ski and move it around while not in the water. As an owner, you’ll know how heavy they are.
In order to maximise your jet ski’s ‘shelf life’, you want to keep it out of the water as much as possible when you’re not using it. Prolonged exposure to water can cause damage to the base of your jet ski, which could leave you forking out a fortune on maintenance long-term.
Jet ski lifts can either be connected to a dock or free-standing, but before making any purchase decisions, you need to be mindful of your ski’s weight and make sure your lift can handle it.
10. Safety whistle
Not all jet ski accessories are shiny gadgets – some are built with health and safety in mind, but they’re as essential as any other accessories.
Any sport that involves deep water carries the risk of something going wrong, and it’s not unusual to get into difficulty while out on a jet ski.
There’s lots of variety in the safety whistle market, but all are designed to alert passers-by to the fact you’re in danger. Some electric-assisted whistles can reach upwards of 120 Decibels – to put this number into context, these whistles are as loud as a wartime air raid siren.
A safety whistle is an accessory you hope you’ll never need to use, but one you’ll be grateful for having if you do get yourself into difficulty on the water.
If you’re planning to head out on your jet ski, you need to make sure you have jet ski insurance.
Our specialist jet ski insurance policies are designed to cover you against theft, loss, and damage up to the value of £20,000.
We also offer third party liability up to £1m, so you can spend less time sweating over your protection and more time riding the waves.
Find out more about how we can help with an instant online quote today.