Using jet-skis and personal watercraft responsibly

As a personal watercraft user, you have a responsibility towards yourself, your passengers (if carried) and to other water users.

Registration and insurance

You must register your jet-ski at the Marine Leisure Centre before you can use it. You must also insure your jet-ski before use as well.

Before going out on a jet-ski

Before you go out on your jet-ski, you should do the following:

  • check the weather forecast
  • check on local conditions, eg tide times, rocks, piers
  • tell someone ashore when and where you are going and when you will be returning
  • log a traffic report with Jersey Coastguard on VHF channel 82 or by telephone +44 (0) 1534 447705 if you are making a passage or intend to be out for a long time
  • check the condition of your craft and that the power unit has been well maintained
  • park your vehicle and trailer with care and consideration. Do not obstruct access for other users or the emergency services

Speed limits

A 5 knot speed limit applies in the following areas:

  • within 200 yards of any shore line, harbour and pier
  • any waters of St Aubin’s Bay that lie generally to the west of a line that is drawn from the south end of La Haule Slip straight to Platte Rock beacon (being the beacon at Platte Rock, which lies north-east of Grosse Rock) and from there straight to Point de Bût
  • any waters of Bouley Bay that lie to the southern side of the shortest line drawn between Vicard Point and La Tour de Rozel
  • any waters of St Brelade’s Bay that lie to the northern side of the shortest line drawn between Grosse Tête and La Cotte Point

Please refer to General Direction 01 – Harbours (Inshore Safety) (Jersey) Regulations 2012 (Revised) for more information.

Clothing and equipment

You should wear the following items when out on your jet-ski:

  • buoyancy aid
  • gloves
  • helmet and goggles
  • protective footwear
  • wetsuit / dry-suit

You should ensure the engine kill cord is fitted and connected to the craft and yourself. Always carry a spare.

Rules and regulations

  • check information notices at access points and observe the local by-laws
  • where applicable, use buoyed channels and designated zones
  • observe local speed limits
  • when fuelling, take care to ensure that fuel and oil are not released into the environment. Pollution of beaches, banks and the water from oil and rubbish is an offence
  • don’t disturb wildlife, as it may be vulnerable if it is disturbed. You should be aware of any sensitive areas and keep well clear of them

Other people

  • if possible, go out with other people so you’re better able to cope with any problems
  • keep a look out for other craft and keep clear of any other restricted areas, eg bathers, water skiers, surfers
  • be considerate to others and make sure that engine noise is kept to a minimum
  • remember that serious accidents can occur as a result of small children playing with the controls of a personal watercraft

Training and courses

You can do the following to ensure that you are as safe as possible when using your jet-ski:

  • get some training. For information on where training is available in your locality and how to join a recognised club, contact the Royal Yachting Association (RYA)
  • personal watercraft users should be able to swim and should also be happy when in the water wearing a buoyancy aid
  • familiarise yourself with your craft. Learn how to operate it safely and with consideration to others ashore and afloat
  • consult the operator’s manual provided by the manufacturers, particularly with regard to the maintenance of the power unit
  • before allowing a friend to use your craft, make sure they know how to use it properly
  • know your limitations