Responsible Rider

Be a Responsible Rider

At Honda, we’re strong supporters of rider safety. Consequently, we encourage you to ride your new Honda Aquatrax responsibly. And keep a few other things in mind as well.

Whenever you ride, please respect the rights of shoreline residents and other marine recreationalists. And we should all work to preserve our future riding opportunities by showing respect for the environment and the rights of everyone on the water.

All Honda Aquatrax models are recommended only for operators 16 years of age and older. Always wear an Australian approved personal flotation device, wetsuit bottom, eyewear and other appropriate safety apparel. Read your owner’s manual thoroughly, always ride with a safety lanyard attached to your person, and always ride at a safe speed and at a safe distance from other vessels.

Distance and Speed

Be aware of your speed in relation to other craft, other water users and the shore. Stringent rules exist governing the proximity of PWC to swimming areas, surf zones and other objects. Remember, PWC do not have brakes, so it's important to be aware of how long it takes to stop your craft.

Understand and adhere to the rules which govern head-on approach, overtaking and right-of-way. Keep a sharp look out and take any safe action needed to avoid a collision. Be aware of others in your area at all times: Other craft and water users may enter your area of operation at any time - Swimmers may be hidden from view by waves and swell. And remember, alcohol and PWC do not mix under any circumstances.

Wear Appropriate Safety Equipment

Safety equipment such as Personal Flotation Device (PFD) vests are critical in safe PWC operation. PFD1 and PFD2 vests which are compulsory in open waters feature excellent buoyancy and high-visibility, in case you should get separated from your PWC. Always wear your ignition cut-out safety line.

Riding Smart Respecting Others

Put yourself in the position of other users and make sure your enjoyment is not detracting from that of someone else. Noise is one of the most common causes for complaint from people who share leisure areas, and therefore it is important not to congregate near residential areas, or others trying to enjoy the outdoors. Still morning air or onshore breezes can increase the effect of your engine noise, so be aware of the comfort of others.

Know the area

Do not assume the water is naturally clear of obstructions. Rocks, sand bars and other submerged objects can cause seriously material or personal damage. Check marine charts and stay in marked channels. Check the weather forecast before starting out, and particularly if you are a significant distance from your launching point be alert for the wave, wind and cloud changes that signal the approach of bad weather.