Oscillation induced by vortex shedding often causes fatigue damage of slender cylindrical structures in many engineering fields, so it is significant to study the suppression of vortex induced oscillation. We focus on the methods of experimental test to study on the suppression effect of vortex induced oscillation of cylinder with single freedom at Reynolds number of 2.4 × 104. We designed a set of device with forward water jet to suppress vortex induced oscillation. We found the most notable observation from a serials of experiments: reduction of displacement of cylinder exhibits two distinct modes separated by a sudden and very pronounced decrease in the extent of cross-flow displacement at a critical value of the geometric and flow variables followed by what appears to be a saturation regime where no further decrease is observed. These results will provide some meaningful and evaluable references for practical application in ocean engineering.