Did you know?

Over the past two years, jet skis have become the most popular watercraft in Australia, surpassing all other types! Yet, as the popularity of jet skis increases, so does the risk of accidents. Below you’ll discover essential safety tips for an enjoyable and safe jet ski experience this summer.

 

You're riding a beast

It’s the law to:

  • carry a waterproof buoyant torch
  • wear a lifejacket (per person) either a Level 100, Level 50 or Level 50S
  • carry your marine licence with a PWC endorsement on you

We highly recommend: 

  • wearing protective clothing
  • carrying a phone (in a waterproof pouch) so you can call for help
  • wearing a personal locator beacon (PLB)

Your thrill is not their thrill

We understand the thrill of speeding across the waves but make sure you unlock a safe, enjoyable experience for yourself and others in the water.

Speed limits

On ALL Victorian waters a 5-knot speed limit applies to boat operators and jet ski riders if you are:

  • Within 50 m of a person, vessel, fixed or floating structure, wharf, jetty, slipway, diving platform or boat ramp
  • Within 100 m of a dive flag on all Victorian waters
  • Within 200m of the shore on coastal waters and the Bays (and 500m from Martha Point to Point Nepean)
  • or as per the scheduled waterway rules

Ride right

Ride within the proper zones, obey local waterway laws and respect your surrounding environment.

Jet ski riders such as yourself are subject to Hoon legislation. This means you…

  • Cannot operate in a way that is dangerous to the public, birds and marine animals
  • Must always maintain a proper lookout
  • Must keep noise to a minimum, especially when riding close to the shore, people and wildlife.

Hot tips for cooling your jets

Speed limits save lives

By controlling your speed, you reduce the risk of accidents and collisions. It's a simple action that can have a profound impact.

Know your zones

Understanding zoning areas is essential. This means different waterways have different rules. Get familiar with the different zones, and make sure you're following the local rules.

Mindful maneuvering

Avoid sudden turns or manoeuvres in busy areas. Predictable riding means others can anticipate your movements and reduces the chance of an accident.