Jetski (PWC) Regulations & Restrictions by country:
Maritime authorities throughout the Mediterranean have become more stringent with PW use. There have been a number of reported instances where PW’s drivers using PW’s belonging to the yacht, have been party to a random check and heavily fined when unable to provide an appropriate licence.
It is important that Captains / Officers are aware of local byelaws and regulations, and clearly inform the Owners, guests and crew who are using the PW’s.
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) offers both the one-day RYA Personal Watercraft Certificate at various RYA Training Centres, as well as the provision for Yachts to become an RYA Training Centre, offering the PW Safety Certificates onboard to guests or crew after appropriate training.
This is an overview of the regulations in place for various Mediterranean countries. This information changes from time to time – so please ensure you check the latest information with the local authorities.
- North side of Falmouth Harbour – by the mangroves but not near the marinas
- West side of Antigua from Carlysle bay to Dickenson Bay and Nonsuch bay
- Waters off the Eastern seaboard of St Maarten; including Oyster pond, Mullet pond, Flamingo pond, Man o War Shoal Marine Park.
- A distance of between 500 metres & 1 mile must be kept from any shore
- Strictly no PW use is permitted near ferry routes, near the coast or beaches, near military bases, at the mouth of rivers, canals, and in the bathing prohibited areas, or in the reserves and other protected areas.
- In some areas there are further restrictons on the use of PWs, it is recommended to contact the Local harbour office or Guardia Costiera.
- Use in designated areas only
- A distance of 300 metres must be kept from military, merchant & fishing vessels. 200 metres from buoys that could indicate diving or fishing
- No use within 1 mile of a port entrance
- All riders must have safety equipment onboard, wear a helmet and a buoyancy aid.
Naples maritime district
- 1st November – 30th June – PWC use allowed during day time hours
- 1st July – 30th September – PWC use only allowed between 14:00 – 19:00
- 1st July – September – PWCs are NOT allowed between Mergellina to Capo Posillipo
Capri & Amalfi Coast
- 1st October – 30th June – PWC use is allowed during daylight hours
- 1st July – 30th September – PWC use is only allowed between 14:00 – 19:00
- PWC use near the Blue Grotto or Faraglioni is banned
- PWC are banned
Protected marine areas (forbidden areas):
- Cinque Terre, Arcipelago Toscano, Isole Tremiti, Miramare, Arcipelago di La Maddalena, Isole Egadi, Isole di Ustica, Porto Cesareo, Ventatene e Santo Stefano.
- Any tenders and jetskis that are used have to be issued a Vignette. A Vignette can only be issued to tenders/jetskis that have an individual certificate of registry and/or are listed in the yacht inventory list with full details and are covered by third party liability insurance which includes Montenegro (worldwide/Med/Adriatic coverage). Tenders listed as ‘safety equipment’ cannot be issued a Vignette.
- The PW driver is required to hold a PW licence, and any “minor” (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult possessing a PW licence. In addition, must wear a helmet, buoyancy aid and wear a kill cord / key wrist band or similar.
- Use of PWs anywhere near the coast or beaches is penalised since most accidents last year were caused by PWs driven too close to the beaches – must keep a distance of 300 meters from the shore. PW regulations in Montenegro are very strict.
- Registration to a Maritime Authority (or T/T mother vessel) is compulsory
- Public liability insurance
- Rider licence
- Licence, registration, insurance documents and updated payments must be kept onboard at all times.
- Each individual must carry government issued ID with them at all times
- Rider and passenger must wear certified buoyancy aids at all times
- The number of persons onboard must not exceed the maximum stated by the manufacturer
- Do not use private PWCs near PWC rental areas or regatta areas.
- Keep a safe distance from swim zones (normally marked with yellow buoys, where there are no marker buoys, keep 200m from shore)
- If entering an unmarked swim zone is absolutely necessary, enter at a speed under 3 knots and follow a path perpendicular to the shore
- Only use in day light hours, good weather and visibility.
- Towing of water toys is prohibitied
- It is forbidden to navigate in commercial ports / marinas, except to go directly out to sea. A maximum speed of 3 knots for transit applies.
- Keep a 50m distance from other craft, buoys etc
- Don’t ride alone or under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Avoid use in channels, anchorages or areas with a high concentration of vessels.
Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza)
- You must stay 200m offshore and 100m from any other vessel before exceeding 5 knots
- A method of communication must be carried at all times (i.e. mobile phone / VHF)
- Waterskiing / Wakeboarding are only allowed if a second person is sitting facing the person being towed
- No beach drop off/pick ups
- Gocek Gulf (National Park)
- Aksas Area in Marrmaris (Military area)
- Dead sea in Fethiye
- Kekova (sunken city in the area)
- Each person operating, riding on, or being towed behind a personal watercraft must wear an approved non-inflatable Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device. Inflatable personal flotation devices are prohibited.
- The operator of a personal watercraft must attach the engine cutoff switch lanyard (if equipped by the manufacturer) to his/her person, clothing, or PFD.
- Personal watercraft may not be operated from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.
- Maneuvering a personal watercraft by weaving through congested vessel traffic, jumping the wake of another vessel unreasonably close or when visibility around the vessel is obstructed, or swerving at the last possible moment to avoid collision is classified as reckless operation of a vessel (a first-degree misdemeanor).
- Each person operating or riding on a personal watercraft must wear an approved Type I, II, III, or V personal floatation device. Inflatable personal floatation devices are prohibited. The operator of a personal watercraft must attach the engine cutoff switch lanyard (if equipped by the manufacturer) to his/her person, clothing, or PFD.
- Maneuvering a personal watercraft by weaving through congested vessel traffic, jumping the wake of another vessel unreasonably close, or when visibility around the vessel is obstructed, or swerving at the last possible moment to avoid collision is classified as reckless operation of a vessel (a first-degree misdemeanor).