Kendell Wilkins, Tallis Wilkins, Jack Kuchler, Katey Wilkins and Will Kuchler are some young jet skiers who do obey the rules.
Kendell Wilkins, Tallis Wilkins, Jack Kuchler, Katey Wilkins and Will Kuchler are some young jet skiers who do obey the rules. Georja Ryan

Reminder to obey rules on jet skis

THERE is no doubt a jet ski is one of the most fun modes of transport to zoom around in on the water but when people start to disregard the safety of others, they can also become the most dangerous.

Sergeant Wayne Smith from Warwick police said he was sick of seeing jet skiers travelling too close to other boaties.

"The rule is stay 60m from other boats (if going faster than six knots) and 30m from a grounded vessel and 30m from a boat ramp and you can only be doing six knots," Sgt Smith said.

"I know from my own personal observations that (people are coming too close).

"We observed someone trying to get their boat onto the boat ramp and another trying to get off the ramp and this PWC is running up and down 20m from the ramp.

"It makes it extremely difficult and dangerous," he said.

One boatie and water sport enthusiast, Robert Petith, said although he had never had too much of an issue with jet skiers, they could still be very annoying.

"They find the flattest bit of water and churn the life out of it and occasionally they'll whip around behind," Mr Petith said.

He said when jet skiers travelled too close it was extremely dangerous for water skiers and wake boarders who could fall off at any time and potentially be run over.

"Personally I would love to see no jet skis allowed on the dam," Mr Petith said.

"If they can work out a way to identify these jet skiers (doing the wrong thing), they can report them and stop them using the dam, but like anything you've got the good guys who don't abuse it."

Sgt Smith urged all watercraft users to respect others when using the dam.

 

Rules

 60m from any other boats if travelling over six knots.

 30m from any grounded vessel and only doing six knots.

 30m from a boat ramp and only doing six knots.


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