Jet skis or personal watercraft (PWC) use has become increasingly popular in recent years.
Whilst most jet ski users operate them responsibly and are respectful towards other water users, there are some who behave recklessly and dangerously.
If you are thinking of using a jet ski, please follow these simple tips:
- Plan where you are launching – remember to observe local codes of conduct, speed limits, and any launch conditions. If in doubt, ask the local Harbourmaster.
- Always wear a buoyancy aid
- Carry a means to call for help – you can contact the Coastguard via 999 or via VHF radio on channel 16
- Keep your distance from other water users
- Keep your distance when viewing wildlife. Avoid erratic movements and do not pursue wildlife when it chooses to leave
- Get training and insurance – a Personal Watercraft course will teach you the skills you need to ride a PWC responsibly, safely and with confidence. You can find accredited courses near you on the Royal Yachting Association website – https://www.rya.org.uk/training/personal-watercraft
If you witness reckless, dangerous or intimidating use of a jet ski please report it using the routes detailed below
If the jet ski user is in or around a harbour, contact the local harbourmaster’s office.
If you are unsure who this is Cornwall Council’s Maritime Office can be contacted via by emailing [email protected] and provide details.
If the jet ski user is on a beach, river, or anywhere else, notify the Police by emailing [email protected]. If you see someone in trouble in the sea, call 999 and ask for Coastguard.
- Remember to include as much detail as possible including:• Make and model of jet ski/PWC
- Registration number of jet ski/PWC
- Details of the driver
- Associated car/vehicle details
- Photos and videos
- Time of incident
For more information on PWC use visit; Maritime and Coastguard Agency – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)