I do most of my Sea-Doo riding in Canada, where the season can run from early May to early October, with temperatures running into the 30˚ Celsius (85˚ F +) range from June to August. We run into a variety of weather conditions, both over each month and even during some days. We rode one August morning on the Ottawa River that was only 12˚ Celsius (54˚ F) to start, but went up to 28 C (82 F) by afternoon!
Now I’m no delicate flower, but these variations are one reason I always tour totally covered. I have to chuckle every time I see a PWC promotional photo with the riders only in bathing suits and PFD’s. Excuse me, won’t they get burned to a crisp during a long day on the water? I certainly do.
That’s why I apply a 30 SPF or greater sunscreen and wear sunglasses. It’s also why I cover up. When riding a PWC, parts of my body are especially vulnerable to sunburn, namely the ones I can’t do much to shift out of direct sun while riding: face and head, back of hands, top of thighs, points of shoulders, back of neck, and ankles and tops of feet.
So I wear a ball cap or doo-rag, plus gloves, long pants and a long sleeved shirt, and water booties. The shirt and pants are very light, quick dry material. They also provide some wind protection: even on sunny days, a light breeze combined with the wind-stream of a moving PWC can be chilly.
When extra protection is required, I wear a Sea-Doo Men’s X-Team Neoprene Riding Jacket. I wear it for warmth and to be visible on the water. I also got it a couple of sizes too large so I could wear it over my regular riding gear and PFD. This riding jacket worked great on those cool mornings when we leave on tour before the heat of the day kicks in or when the weather turns bad unexpectedly en route. Depending on the severity of the weather conditions, I either tuck the hood inside or wear it up and tied tight around my head.
Sea-Doo riding is great fun and dressing right keeps it that way. Talk to you next time!