People operating jetskis on Jervis Bay should slow down and observe distance-off requirements as a targeted compliance operation gets under way.
Operation Ride Safe began from sunrise on Sunday, December 27 and will run to sunset on Tuesday December 29. The operation resumes from sunrise Saturday, January 2 to sunset Monday, January 4, 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."
Mr Hutchings said the key message was for everyone who is out on Jervis Bay to ensure they comply 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."
Eight new markers have been installed on the bay 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 Booderee 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," Mr Hutchings 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 https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/safety-rules/other-boating/waterskiing.html
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