Did you know?
Jet ski ownership is becoming super popular in Victoria. In the last two years, more people have bought jet skis in Australia compared to other types of boats. However, as more people use jet skis, the chance of accidents increase. So, we need to pay more attention to safety and try to prevent accidents.
You're Riding a Beast
Jet skis (personal watercraft) are a powerful force on the water. They offer unparalleled excitement and freedom, but with great power comes great responsibility. This program is all about empowering you to be the master of your jet ski, ensuring you ride with control and awareness.
You have a responsibility to stay safe and in control
- 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
- wearing protective clothing
- carrying a phone (in a waterproof pouch) so you can call for help
- wear a personal locator beacon (PLB)
- carry a registered emergency personal indicating response beacon (EPIRB) if you’re going more than 2 nautical miles offshore
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.
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 and the shore on inland waters, wharf, jetty, slipway, diving platform or boat ramp on coastal and enclosed waters
- Within 100 m of a dive flag
- Within 200 m of the shore on enclosed and coastal waters
- or as per the scheduled waterway rules
….is not their thrill
Remember, as you revel in the rush of the ride, there are others sharing the water with you and it’s crucial to respect their space and experience.
Remember to 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 riders:
- Can not operate at a speed or in a manner which is dangerous to the public, birds and marine animals
- are required to always maintain a proper lookout
- Must keep noise to a minimum, especially when riding close to the shore, people and wildlife.