Jervis Bay jetskiers warned to cease the circle work

24 December 2020

Those operating jetskis on Jervis Bay are advised to slow down and pay attention to distance off requirements with a targeted compliance operation to start later this month.

Operation Ride Safe will get underway from sunrise on Sunday 27 December to sunset Tuesday 29 December and again from sunrise Saturday 2 January to sunset Monday 4 January, 2021.

"Jervis Bay is internationally renowned for its sparkling waters, so it is little surprise that the popularity of waterskiing and jetskiing has increased in recent years,” NSW Maritime Executive Director Mark Hutchings said.

"As well as being visually stunning, this waterway is unique in terms of how it is managed as it crosses both state and federal waters and includes several protected areas under marine park zoning.

"The key message is for everyone who is out on Jervis Bay to ensure they are complying with NSW boating safety laws.

"NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers will focus on compliance with irregular riding, including driving in a circle or weaving and jumping, as well as the safe towing a person using a jetski.

"We are reminding jetski users to slow down, ride safely and be aware of swimmers, moored or anchored vessels and beach goers.

"Those heading out on Jervis Bay will also notice eight new markers which have been installed to remind jetski users of their safety responsibilities."

Mr Hutchings said Jetski operators should check marine park zoning at Jervis Bay, including the commonwealth waters of Boodaree National where a total prohibition on jetski use exists, as well as state waters where a range of restrictions are in place.

NSW Maritime recently carried out a review of jetski activity and compliance with safe boating rules in response to community requests and complaints.

"The review assessed a number of factors, including the mix of vessels using the bay, other users of the marine park, community complaints and historic jetski compliance," he said.

"New signs at Callala and Collingwood beaches draw attention to the rules around ensuring jetskis are not operated within 200 metres of the shore in an effort to reduce noise, speed for improved safety."

For more information on safe boating visit the Waterskiing, wakeboarding and towing and How to boat safely websites.

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