Safety on the water is important

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Bayside Jetski Hire Safety Notice

Dear valued customer,

At Bayside Jetski Hire, your safety is our top priority. We want to ensure that you have a fun and memorable experience while riding our jet skis, but it’s crucial to be aware of the inherent dangers associated with this thrilling activity, especially in a tidal bay. Please take a moment to review the following safety guidelines:

1. Tidal Bay Conditions: Our rental location is in a tidal bay, and the water conditions can change rapidly. Strong currents, varying water depths, and changing tides can create unpredictable situations. Always be cautious and aware of your surroundings.

2. Proper Footwear: For your safety, we require all riders to wear enclosed shoes. Open-toed or barefoot riding is strictly prohibited. Proper footwear provides better grip and protection in case of accidents.

3. Hydration: Staying hydrated is essential, especially on hot days. We recommend bringing bottled water with you to keep yourself refreshed and prevent dehydration.

4. Mobile Phone: It is mandatory to have a mobile phone with sufficient charge for the duration of your rental. In case of emergencies or if you need assistance, your phone is your lifeline. Make sure it is fully charged before embarking on your ride.

5. Remote Monitoring: Our jet skis are equipped with GPS tracking systems that allow us to remotely monitor your location and safety. However, please be aware that depending on the tide and your location, we may not always be able to reach you immediately in case of emergencies.

6. Emergency Contact: In case of an emergency, contact the Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Jacobs Well at (07) 5546 1100. Provide them with your location and situation. They are trained to handle water-related emergencies and can provide assistance promptly.

7. Safety Briefing: Before your ride, our staff will provide a thorough safety briefing, including information on local conditions, emergency procedures, and the operation of the jet ski. Please pay close attention to these instructions.

Remember that your safety is our utmost concern, and following these guidelines will help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience while riding our jet skis. We want you to have a fantastic time exploring the bay while staying out of harm’s way.

Thank you for choosing Bayside Jetski Hire, and enjoy your adventure on the water!

Sincerely,

 Bayside Jetski Hire

PWC rules on the water

As the skipper of a PWC you must make sure that you keep a proper lookout. On busy waterways there may be plenty of obstacles. The busier it is the slower you will probably have to go. 

You must reduce your speed to no more than 6 knots if you are within 60m of:

  • people in the water
  • anchored or moored boats, structures, boat ramps, jetties or pontoons
  • the boundary of a bathing reserve (check with your local council for locations)
  • the shore*.

* Exceptions apply only to the 60m from the shore rule if:

  1. the waterway is less than 120m wide, and:
    • you operate the PWC as close as practical to a straight line to transit the area
    • you stay as close as possible to the centre of the waterway or a marked channel
  2. the PWC is being used in waterskiing or towing.

You must keep a distance of 30m from any other moving ship or reduce your speed to less than 10 knots unless you’re involved in an approved aquatic event or where doing so would endanger you or another person.

In coastal waters, freestyling or wave jumping is restricted to:

  • beyond 200m of the shore if homes are within 100m of the shoreline where you are operating. (This does not apply to dams and inland waters.) 

Wherever you are, the way you operate your PWC affects the people around you.

Remember your General Safety Obligation, You’re the Skipper, You’re Responsible.

Kids and PWCs

It is great fun to involve the whole family in your boating and PWC adventures.

A couple of quick points about kids and PWC’s.

You should:

  • operate your PWC only with the child seated behind you, never between you and the handle bars
  • only have passengers who can place both feet at the same time firmly in the foot wells of the PWC
  • have the correct number of people on board for the number of seats available. It is no longer considered safe to count children under 12 years of age as half a person. Three seats means 3 people – no matter the age.

Operating outside of these points may leave you liable to prosecution in regards to your general safety obligations, under Transport Operations Marine Safety Regulation.

MSQ’s marine incident data shows us this is the safest practice for your family.


You can find more information here 

Commercial PWC must remain within smooth/Partially smooth waters at all times

Smooth waters – Brisbane

 (1) The waters bounded by an imaginary line drawn:

  • from Cleveland Point on the mainland to Amity Point, North Stradbroke Island
  • along the western shore of North Stradbroke Island to longitude 153º 26.56′ east
  • due south to South Stradbroke Island
  • along the western shore of South Stradbroke Island to the outer northern breakwater of the Gold Coast Seaway
  • to the outer southern breakwater of the Gold Coast Seaway at The Spit on the mainland.

(2) The waters bounded by an imaginary line drawn:

  • from latitude 27º 05.90′ south on the mainland to South Point, Bribie Island
  • along the western shore of Bribie Island to its northern extremity
  • to the high water mark at longitude 153º 07.81′ east on the mainland.

Partially smooth waters – Brisbane

The waters bounded by an imaginary line drawn:

  • from parallel 27º 05.90′ south on the mainland to South Point, Bribie Island
  • along the southern shore of Bribie Island to Skirmish Point
  • to Comboyuro Point, Moreton Island
  • along the western shore of Moreton Island to Short Point
  • to Amity Point, North Stradbroke Island
  • to Cleveland Point on the mainland.

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