A recent spate of jet ski infringements into swimming areas has prompted a number of organisations to issue a joint appeal to users of the high-powered machines.
Personal watercrafts are an enjoyable form of water-based activity. Users must, however, in addition to their own safety, respect the safety and wellbeing of other water users. They must also remain vigilant at all times to any unnecessary encroachment into other activities, particularly swimming areas.
During the months of April and May, the Coast Guard coordinated responses to 18 Jet Ski related incidents around the country. Twelve of these related to complaints pertaining to encroachments into swimming areas.
Roger Sweeney from Water Safety Ireland said: “Just as the public expects road users to comply with laws that keep people safe, jet ski users should ensure that they are compliant with local bye-laws, approved zones and speed limits. Responsible behaviour is essential for people’s safety and peace of mind.”
Dave Garvey, Training Development Officer with Irish Sailing: “Irish Sailing promotes the safe and responsible participation in a wide range of activities on Ireland’s coastal and inland waters. Irish Sailing offers a range of training courses for Jet Skis (PWC) and other watercraft to educate operators in responsible good practice, ensuring their own safety as well as the safety of other water users around them.”