“You can even take the course on your smartphone or your tablets. We make it very easy for people to take this course for their safety,” Africa said describing the course as fun and very interactive much like a video game.
The class covers a wide variety of information such as navigation rules, overall safety and requirements for different types of vessels one may use. The certification is good for life.
In Maryland, no one under the age of 16 can drive a jet ski, and anyone born on or after July 1, 1972 has to take the safety course.
“People need to remember that although [jet skis] are fun, these are boats and they hold the same kind of dangers and issues as any boat would,” Thomson said.
There are 12,000 registered jet skis in Maryland.
If you’re thinking about taking one out on the water, officials have some general recommendations when it comes to the activity: Keep a distance of at least 100 feet between the jet ski and people in the water, and steer clear of docks, piers or other vessels.
“Another important factor of boating is life jackets. There are other safety requirements to have on board your vessel — but life jackets save lives,” Africa said.
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