Jet Ski Rules Explained
Summer has arrived which means the beautiful beaches of Geelong and the Surf Coast are full of people swimming and relaxing. With the popularity of jet skis increasing, you usually will also see many jet skis out on the water having heaps of fun!
Jet skis are a fantastic way to enjoy a fast paced recreational activity without the huge price tag of buying a full sized boat. If you already own a jet ski, or you are thinking of buying one, it is vital that you are aware of the waterway rules. Jet Skis are categorised under “Personal Watercraft” also known as PWC. In Victoria there are many laws you must follow when using a jet ski, so let us explain a few.
- As the jet ski driver you must have a general marine licence (known also as a boat licence) with an additional PWC endorsement. This licence lasts for 5 years.
- Your licence must be carried at all times when operating your jet ski.
- If you are aged over 12 and under 16 years, you can drive a jet ski on a restricted licence with an additional PWC endorsement. A restricted licence means you can only drive during daylight hours, under 10 knots and can not tow people or other vessels. Once you turn 16 years old, you must hold the general marine licence with PWC endorsement.
- An unlicenced person can drive a jet ski if they are directly supervised by a licensed person who is over 18 years old and who are also on the jet ski. The licenced person must also be able to immediately take control of the jet ski at all times.
- You must operate your jet ski at a safe speed at all times.
- You must operate at a speed of 5 knots if within 50 metres of swimmers, other vessels and fixed or floating structures, such as a boat ramp.
- 5 knot rule if within 100 metres of a diver below dive flags.
- 5 knot rule if within 50 metres of the water’s edge (inland).
- 5 knot rule if within 200 metres of the water’s edge (coastal and enclosed).
- Please be aware that speed rules vary from coast to coast. For more information please visit the following detailed map of jet ski speed regulations.
- Your jet ski must be registered with Vic Roads or an approved dealer. The registration must be displayed in a visible position.
- Maritime Safety Victoria also have an identification mark that must also be correctly displayed on each side of your jet ski.
- The driver and any passengers of your jet ski must wear an approved life jacket.
- At all times it is law to carry on board your jet ski a waterproof buoyant torch.
- If you are operating your jet ski more than 2 nautical miles from the coast, you must also carry Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), such as approved distress flares and smoke signal flares.
As you can see there are a number of important waterway rules to follow when owning a jet ski. These rules also vary from State to State, so please keep informed.
If you require extra space to store your jet ski or other recreational vessel, Store and More offer long term and short term indoor or outdoor storage depending on your needs. Please call us on 5264 8448 and let us help you get out onto the water!