Now that fall is here and the inevitable cold temperatures are on the horizon, you may be wondering how to get your PWC out for a ride. Don’t let the cold weather scare you. There are several ways to prepare yourself and your PWC for brisk rides on the water. Let’s take a closer look at how to safely get out for a cold weather ride and extend your riding season before the frost and snow hit.
Protect the PWC’s Parts
Protecting the PWC’s parts is a vital part of ensuring your cold weather rides are not increasing damage or wear on your vehicle. The cold can create a host of problems, from increased backfires to corrosion and everything in between.
When you transition from warm weather to cold weather rides, give your PWC a thorough maintenance check and grease its parts. Also, check for damages that occurred throughout the summer and consider fixing them before you ride in the cold.
Invest in the Right Gear
After taking care of your PWC, be sure to take care of yourself. Invest in quality riding gear designed to withstand colder temperatures and elements. Neoprene will be your best friend in this endeavor. The most ideal solution for protecting yourself on a winter ride is a full-body dry suit because it can help keep the water out and protect your body from losing heat.
Try not to neglect your hands, feet, and head. Your extremities can lose heat relatively quickly; protecting these body parts from cold spray and temperatures can help you retain as much body heat as possible.
Check the Weather Before Going
Checking weather conditions before you head out can give you an idea of what to expect and how to prepare for your ride. You may need to don an additional layer to protect your body against the cold, and knowing what to expect can help you prepare accordingly for your ride.
Packing a bag with hand warmers, a blanket, or a thermos with a warm drink can give you something to look forward to when you finish your ride. Sometimes, the sun is out and feels warm, the water is crisp, and the air is chilly. These factors will all impact how you prepare for your cold weather PWC ride.
Ensure Your PWC Safety Kit Is Ready
Just as you would when riding in the warm months, you want your PWC to have all the necessary safety items for a cold weather ride. Restock the kit during the transition between seasons so that you are prepared for a ride anytime. Consider packing the following items:
- Serrated knife
- Small first aid kit
- Extra kill cord
- Flare pack with two red and two orange smoke flares
- Tow line
- Small anchor
Ready to ride in cold weather? Peak Boys is here to help you prepare and stay warm. We carry the best selection of PWC riding gear, including accessories, full body gear, and more. Shop our collection of Sea-Doo clothing and gear and enjoy your PWC well into the fall and early winter.