Although something like a jet ski conjures up fantastic images of having fun in summer, actually taking these vehicles out requires a few more considerations than you might actually think. As with any other vehicle, jet skis require a few key pieces of knowledge before you can make the most of them. They are very fast moving vehicles, after all. In this article, we take a look at some of the key safety considerations you’ll need to make when taking a jet ski out, regardless of whether its your first time or your fiftieth.
Jet ski rules and regulations
You might think that a jet ski is the last things that might need a boat and PWC licence due to their small size, but you’d actually be way off. Jet skis are still technically vehicles, which means that they need to be registered in order to be legally operated. It’s still not as simple as that, though – each state has different regulations related to jet skis, so its important to have a good understanding of what is relevant to you. We’ll have a quick look at them state by state to give you a better idea of what you might have to do to legally operate a jet ski. In Victoria, those aged between 12 and 16 are unable to get a restricted marine licence and therefore ride a jet ski. After someone turns 16, they are required to complete an addition test to have a marine licence with a PWC endorsement in order to operate a jet ski. In NSW, anyone over the age of 12 can operate a jet ski if they have the relevant PWC driving licence, but there are additional restrictions in place for people aged between 12 and 16. In Queensland, anyone who would like to operate a jet ski must have both a recreational marine licence and a PWC licence, and in Western Australia, anyone operating a vehicle powered by a motor producing over six horsepower needs a Recreational Skipper’s Ticket.
Safety issues with jet skis
There are often such strict guidelines when it comes to operating jet skis because there are quite a few safety concerns involved. Jet skis can be very powerful, so not being aware of your surroundings can cause some serious issues very quickly. This isn’t just for your sake, either – if there are swimmers around, you could cause some real damage to innocent parties. To ensure that proper safety guidelines are met, always ensure that you have a waterproof buoyant torch packed, wear an approved lifejacket and if you’re planning travelling further than two nautical miles from the coast that you have an emergency position indicating radio beacon on board. If some injury or an accident does occur at some point, it is usually the case that this must be reported to the relevant state authorities.
All ready to enjoy your jet ski?
Jet skis can be a lot of fun, but there is also the important need to acknowledge all of the safety needs before you set out. Before you plan your day in the water it never hurts to double check local laws and relevant restrictions so that you know you won’t be in the wrong should anything bad happen.