Watercraft riders reminded of the rules

GYMPIE personal watercraft riders should not lose sight of safety while enjoying the thrills of their sport.

Member for Gympie, David Gibson MP said riders needed to remember rules about keeping their distance especially when 'freestyling'.

"Wave-jumping, figure 8s and 360s are part of the fun, but keep your freestyling away from beaches and residential areas," Mr Gibson said. "Personal watercraft travelling at more than 10 knots must keep at least 30 metres away from other moving vessels.

"Freestylers must stay more than 200m off the shore if there are dwellings within 100m of the shore line."

Riders were also urged to check, and keep checking for other boats, board riders or swimmers and not make turns unless it's safe.

Gympie Times


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