RMS jetski blitz: riders reminded to follow the rules or face consequences

Jetskis lined up at Little Beach, Nelson Bay in December 2017. Jetskis have been popular on the Port's waterways during the summer holiday period. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts
Jetskis lined up at Little Beach, Nelson Bay in December 2017. Jetskis have been popular on the Port's waterways during the summer holiday period. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Jetski enthusiasts planning to hit the water this weekend are being advised to be on their best behaviour.

Right across the state, Roads and Maritime boating safety officers will be out in force between Saturday and Monday as part of a campaign aimed at “personal watercraft”, popularly referred to as jetskis.

NSW Maritime executive director Angus Mitchell said the aim of the safety operation, called Ride Smart, was to remind jetskiers of their responsibilities and the rules of “safe operation”.

“Personal watercraft are popular but are essentially very mobile miniaturised powerboats and must be used correctly for the enjoyment of all water users,” Mr Mitchell said.

“The majority of people do the right thing when riding jetskis but boating safety officers will be carrying out targeted on-water patrols, randomly stopping jetskiers and checking licences.

A jetskier riding off the Nelson Bay breakwall.

A jetskier riding off the Nelson Bay breakwall.

“Officers will also be checking for appropriate lifejacket wear as well as keeping an eye out for any irregular riding. Operators who are in breach of boating laws face on the spot fines.

“There will also be a focus on ensuring any towing activities involving personal watercraft are being carried out safely and in accordance with the boating regulations.”

All jetskis must be registered and operators must have a NSW personal watercraft license.

Operating a personal watercraft without a license can carry a fine of up to $500.

Everyone on board a craft needs be wearing a lifejacket at all times and not operate before sunrise or after sunset.

For more information on personal watercraft check out the personal watercraft handbook by clicking here.

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