PWC Safety and Operation

Find answers to common questions that can help make your next powersport adventure a fun, safe, and memorable experience.

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WARNING: Boarding the Watercraft
As with any watercraft, boarding should be done carefully and the engine must not be running.

WARNING: Engine must be OFF and the tether cord must be removed when boarding the watercraft or when using the boarding step. Never use propulsion system compo- nents as a supporting point to board the watercraft.

Models with iBR

WARNING: Never use the iBR gate as a step or support to board the watercraft. Be careful not to bump yourself on the gate when boarding.

Boarding from a Dock

When boarding from a dock, slowly place one foot on the watercraft foot- board nearest the dock while holding the handlebar, and at the same time, transfer the body weight to the other side in order to balance the watercraft.

Then bring the other foot over the seat and place it on the other footboard. Push the watercraft away from the dock.

Boarding from Water


– Keep limbs away from jet or in- take grates.
– Never Use Propulsion Systems a supporting point to board the watercraft.
Ensure there is at least 90 cm (3 ft) of water underneath the lowest rear por- tion of the hull. Take into account that the hull will be lower in the water when all passen- gers are aboard. Be certain to maintain the specified depth so sand, pebbles and rocks will not be drawn up in the propulsion system.

NOTICE: ​Starting the engine or riding the watercraft in shallower water may damage the propulsion system.

Operator Alone
Models Without a Boarding Step

  • Using one hand, grab the rear handle.
  • With the other hand on the boarding platform, lift your body until you can lay one knee on the boarding platform.
  • Lay the other knee on the boarding platform.
  • Take hold of the seat strap to help maintain your balance and step for- ward onto the footboards on either side of the seat.
  • Sit astride the seat.

Models with a Boarding Step

  • Using one hand, lower the boarding step.
  • Using the other hand, take hold of the edge of the boarding platform, then pull yourself up so that you can knee onto the boarding step.


  • Never use propulsion system components to board.
  • Only board the step with a knee, not a foot. Reach forward with one hand and take hold of the molded handle behind the seat, then knee onto the boarding step.


Watercraft with iBR system: – BeawareoftheiBRgatemove- ment when starting the engine, shutting down the engine or us- ing the iBR lever. Automatic movement of the gate may squeeze fingers or toes of peo- ple taking a hold on the back or
your PWC. – Never use iBR gate as a sup- porting point to board the wa- tercraft.
  • Holding on to the handle behind the seat, step up onto the boarding platform.
  • Take hold of the seat strap to help maintain your balance and step forward onto the footboards on either side of the seat.
  • Sit astride the seat.

Operator with a Passenger

  • The operator climbs on the watercraft in the same way as explained previously.
  • In choppy water, while in the water, the passenger may hold the water- craft steady to help the operator climb aboard.
Engine must be OFF and tether cord must be removed when boarding the watercraft or when using the boarding step. Never use propulsion system compo- nents as a supporting point to board the watercraft.
  • The passenger then climbs onto the watercraft while the operator main- tains balance by sitting as close as pos- sible to the console.

How to Start Engine

NOTICE: ​Do not hold the engine START/STOP button more than 10 seconds to avoid starter over- heating. A rest period should be ob- served between the cranking cycles to allow the starter to cool down.

How to Stop the Engine
All Models
The engine may be shut off using one of two methods:
– Pressing the engine START/STOP button, or
– Removing the tether cord from the engine cut-off switch.

Before starting the engine, the operator and passenger(s) should always: – Be Properly Seated On The Watercraft
– Have a firm grip on a handhold or hold on to the waist of the per- son in front of them
– Wear appropriate protective clothing including a PFD approved by local authorities and a wet suit bottom.
– On models with no iBR, the PWC will move forward as soon as engine is started.
To maintain watercraft directional control, the engine should be running until the watercraft is stopped.
The engine must stop running for the watercraft to come to a full stop.

NOTICE: ​Ensure there is at least 90 cm (3 ft) of water under the lowest rear portion of the hull when all passengers are aboard prior to starting the engine. Otherwise damage to the propulsion system components may occur.

  1. Attach the tether cord clip to your PFD or to the wrist (wrist strap required).
  2. Firmly grip the handlebar with your left hand and place both feet on the footboards.
  3. Install the tether cord on the engine cut-off switch.
  4. Depress the engine START/STOP button to crank the engine.
  5. Release engine START/STOP button immediately after engine is started.
Never leave the tether cord on the engine cut-off switch when dis- embarking watercraft to prevent theft, accidental engine starting, and to avoid unauthorized use by children or others.
The tether cord clip should always be attached to the operators per- sonal flotation device or to the wrist (wrist strap required) when starting or operating the water- craft.

How to Steer the Watercraft

The watercraft behaves differently with a passenger and requires greater skill. The passenger(s) should always grip the seat strap, the molded grab handle, or the waist of the person ahead of them. Reduce speed and avoid sharp turns. Avoid choppy water conditions when carrying a passenger.

Tight Turns and Other Special Maneuvers

Any tight turns or special maneuvers that will cause the air inlet openings to be kept under water for a prolonged time, water will seep into the bilge.

Combustion engines need air to oper- ate; consequently this watercraft can- not be totally watertight.

NOTICE: ​If the air inlet openings are kept under water, such as turning constantly in tight circles, plunging the bow through waves, or capsizing the watercraft, water may seep into the bilge, which may cause severe damage to internal parts of the engine. Refer to the WARRANTY section contained in this guide.

O.T.A.S. System (If equipped) (Off-Throttle Assisted Steering)

The O.T.A.S. (Off-Throttle Assisted Steering) system provides additional maneuverability in off-throttle situations.

If the driver releases the throttle to idle when initiating a full turn, the O.T.A.S. system will be electronically activated, and will slightly increase engine speed to allow completion of the turn.

When the handlebar is brought back towards its center position, the throt- tle reverts to idle. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with this feature during your first ride.

Turning the handlebar pivots the jet pump nozzle which controls the water- craft direction. Turning the handlebar to the right will turn the watercraft to the right, turning the handlebar to the left turns the watercraft to the left. The throttle should be applied to turn the watercraft.

Throttle should be applied and handlebar turned to change the direction of the watercraft. Steering efficiency will differ depending on the amount of throttle applied, the number of passengers, the load, the water conditions and the environmental factors such as the wind.

Unlike a car, a watercraft needs some throttle to turn. Practice in a safe area applying the throttle and turning away from an imaginary object. This is a good collision avoidance technique.

How to Engage Neutral (Models with iBR)

When the watercraft is first started, the iBR system automatically sets the neutral position by default. To engage neutral from forward posi- tion, tap the iBR lever.
To engage neutral from reverse position, release the iBR lever and throttle lever.

How to Trim the Neutral Position of the iBR (if VTS equipped)

When in NEUTRAL, if the watercraft creeps forward or backward, the iBR system may be trimmed. NOTE: Movement of the watercraft when operating in neutral may be due to wind or water current.

Directional control is reduced when the throttle is released and lost when the engine is off.

To enter the Neutral Adjustment mode, make sure the watercraft is idle and hold down the VTS DOWN button for 1.5 Sec.

The message ​Neutral Adjust ​will be displayed. To adjust the neutral position:

– If the watercraft is moving forward, press the VTS DOWN button to adjust.
– If the watercraft is moving backwards, press the VTS UP button to adjust.
Adjust to achieve no movement when the engine is at idle.
To exit the ​Neutral Adjust​, press MODE button or wait 25 seconds or press on either throttle or brake lever.

How to Engage Forward (Models with iBR)

To engage forward from neutral position, tap on the throttle lever. The watercraft will accelerate forward. To engage forward from reverse position, release the iBR lever, then tap the throttle lever.

To re-engage forward from braking, simultaneously pull in the throttle lever while releasing the iBR lever. The watercraft will accelerate forward after a short delay.


How to Engage and Use Reverse (Models with iBR)

Reverse can only be engaged between idle speed and the threshold forward speed of 7 km/h (4 MPH).

To engage reverse position, the iBR lever on the LH handlebar must be pulled in at least 25% of the lever travel.

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As a rental company we understand our equipment comes into contact with a lot of people. After each rental, our equipment is wipes with disinfectant at all common touch points. All of our helmets are sprayed with a disinfectant spray after each use. We also offer disposable helmet socks at no additional cost. Of course you can choose to wear gloves for that added protection.