A leading public safety advocate says it should be mandatory for Victorian
jet ski riders to take out third-party insurance so they can cover the medical
bills of people they injure.
practical testing should be introduced as part of personal watercraft licensing
we need to remember these are powerful machines that can be very dangerous in
the wrong hands,” Ms Ioannou said.
jet ski operators should be required to have third-party insurance to pay for
the medical costs if they injure someone else in the water.”
by a jet ski can be left hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket.”
included in licensing requirements, as recommended by a 2014 parliamentary
inquiry into marine safety.
inquiry found that Victoria was the only Australian state without a practical
assessment in its recreational licensing process.
and travel as fast as cars. But to add a personal watercraft endorsement to a
marine licence, all that’s involved is a multiple choice test.”
enjoy Victoria’s coast, but when used unsafely, the consequences could be
was seriously injured when the jet ski he was a passenger on collided with
another jet ski following a dangerous wake jump.
finished high school and was about to start an exciting new chapter of life at
with serious injuries, including a broken kneecap and leg bone, forced him to
defer his studies and limited his ability to find work.”
past decade, with personal watercraft registrations doubling from 10,000 in
2008-09, to more than 23,000 in 2018/19.
report on Victorian maritime injury statistics found that powered watercraft
such as jet skis were the most common vessel involved in injuries that resulted
in hospital admission.