Personal water craft
Find out about the rules and safety equipment requirements for using a personal water craft (jet ski) in WA.
A personal water craft (PWC), commonly known as a jet ski, is a craft propelled by an inboard motor powering a water jet pump. The operator sits, stands or kneels on the vessel and uses handle bars to steer the craft.
PWC, power boards and similar craft are considered to be power boats and must be registered.
You must have a Recreational Skipper’s Ticket to operate a PWC and must comply with:
- age restrictions
- rules on how far they can operate offshore
- safety equipment requirements
- speed limits
- collision rules.
Every person on board a PWC must wear a lifejacket (minimum level50s) at all times, from launching until retrieval.
Aerial freestyle devices
Aerial freestyle devices, such as jetpacks, hover-boards and fly-boards are devices which can be connected to a PWC and use the water pressure to propel the person using the device at the surface of the water, into the air and/or underwater.
For information including where the activity may be conducted, who may participate and what conditions must be met view Western Australian Marine Act 1982: Closed Waters Order - Aerial Freestyle Devices.
You should be familiar with the safety advice and instructions from the aerial freestyle device's manufacturer. Operating the device in conditions which are not in line with the manufacturer's advice could raise the risk of injury or incident.
Commercial operation of Aerial Freestyle devices is regulated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) under the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012. Visit the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) website for more information.
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No. While most areas on the Swan Canning Riverpark are open and available to use PWCs, there are several zones that are closed, or ‘off limits’. All waters upstream of the Windan Bridge are closed to PWC.
View the Swan Canning Riverpark: Boating guide for more information.
The speed limit at Blackwall Reach is strictly 8 knots and this applies to all boats. Blackwall Reach is a busy waterway subject to heavy boat traffic of varying sizes, and an area with a large number of moorings. Restricted speed limits through this area help to reduce erosion and ensure the safe passage and water usage for everyone.
No. There is only one freestyling area in the Swan Canning Riverpark. This area can be accessed from the Mill Street boat ramp. Freestyling outside of this area is not permitted.
5 knots from sunset to 9.00am. A person shall not cause a vessel to travel at a speed exceeding 5 knots upstream of the Canning Bridge except inside the Mount Pleasant water ski area between the hours of 9.00am and sunset. The speed limit for PWC and other vessels close to shore around Deepwater Point area is 8 knots.
Yes. The area immediately downriver from the point, near the Esplanade, is closed, or ‘off limits’ to all boats and/or vessels with motors, including PWCs.
The speed limit in the Mandurah Estuary, upstream of the Mandurah Bridge, is 8 knots, however the speed limit drops to 5 knots when entering the canals. The speed limit also reduces to 5 knots downstream of the Mandurah Bridge.
The speed limit in the mooring zones of Mangles Bay is 8 knots. The 8-knot limit also exists between the ski take-off zone and the closed waters zone on the foreshore. These areas have yellow in-water navigation markers as indicators. You should always read the information signs at the boat ramps that explain the speed zones and identify the in-water navigation zone markers.
The speed limit in Perth Waters is 8 knots, except for the channel that runs adjacent to Riverside Drive. This area extends from Heirisson Island through to the Narrows Bridge, excluding Elizabeth Quay where the speed changes to 5 knots.
The length of a vessel no longer determines how far from the shore it can travel.
It is now the responsibility of the skipper to determine how far from shore it is safe to operate after considering weather conditions, capability of the vessel, including the vessel length, and the experience and ability of the skipper.