Jet-skis have a new set of rules

JET-SKI users have been urged to make themselves familiar with new safety rules which came into effect yesterday.

The changes mean that people operating jet-skis at more than 10 knots have to keep a 30-metre distance from other moving vessels and also need to carry a registered EPIRB when they are more than two nautical miles outside partially smooth waters

Marine Infrastructure Minister Craig Wallace said hand-held flares and a "V" sheet, used to attract attention to a vessel in distress, had now become standard equipment when operating outside designated smooth water.

The changes had been put in place to better protect all water users and reduce the risk of accidents, he said.

"The 30-metre distance rule will mean jet-ski users and everyone around them have enough space to enjoy our waterways safely.

"Jet-skis are now a lot more powerful than they used to be and are capable of travelling faster and further distances.

"So it makes sense that enhanced safety measures are put in place."



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