Jet skis

Jet ski

Jet-skiing is an increasingly popular activity and the Milford Haven Waterway is an excellent place to enjoy them in a relatively safety environment.

Before you launch, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the Port’s Leisure User Guide (www.mhpa.co.uk/download) and check out the Personal Watercraft Partnership’s website (www.pwp.org.uk) where you can find plenty of information on training sessions and useful check lists.  

While out on the water locally you should keep a good eye out for other users of the Haven, and when approaching or leaving the shore do so at ‘dead slow minimum wake’ to ensure the safety of any swimmers or small craft in the area. Likewise, avoid entering mooring areas as there could be someone trying to access or repair their boat.

The Waterway is home to a wonderful array of wildlife so it’s important to minimise any disturbance to marine animals such as seals or porpoises. If you do come across any, please keep your distance, never drive head-on to move, scatter or separate animals, maintain a steady direction and never swim too close for their safety and yours.

The safest way to go to sea is with another craft so there is always someone to assist you in an emergency. Other pieces of equipment that will help you if you get into difficulty are VHF radios, flares, a mobile phone, kill cord, waterproof torch and a bag anchor.

Water Ranger at the Port, Brian Macfarlane, said “We encourage people to get out and enjoy the Waterway but we’re also very keen to promote responsible riding. I would definitely recommend a personal flotation device (PFD) or buoyancy aid that is specifically designed for jet-ski use as they offer impact protection as well as buoyancy. Jet-skis have really grown in popularity in recent years but there are still very real risks associated with high speed watercraft, so please take the time to make sure you’re ready to take to the water.”

ZONING AND BYELAWS

When using the Waterway you must ensure that you are considerate towards all other users. Please abide by the zoning scheme and byelaws as detailed in the Leisure Users Guide. This can also be found in the Port of Milford Haven's printed tide tables. To check tides online please use our searchable tide table or download the printed version.  As a user of a powered craft you should be aware of commercial traffic and other recreational users in the haven, and moderate your passage accordingly.

You should take particular care near training and teaching areas, moorings, waterski zones, marina entrances, launch sites and slipways, other craft at anchor, divers, pontoons, beaches where bathing is taking place and in the Dead Slow Minimum Wake areas.

DEAD SLOW MINIMUM WAKE ZONES

These areas contain navigational hazards such as shallow water, sandbars and mud flats. They are also of international importance for wildlife and most fall within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. As such we ask that you keep to a dead slow minimum wake to support the quiet and relaxed enjoyments of these areas.

You are also encouraged to follow the Pembrokeshire Marine Code to minimise any disturbance to wildlife and to enable you to have the best experience possible.

Also consider that both your speed and your wake can create a hazard. Wash created by your vessel travels; the impact might effect users some distance away - and even on the shoreline. We ask for you consideration in travelling at the designated speed and always being mindful of other users.

TRAINING

We recommend that if you are participating in activates involving powered craft in the haven you should receive appropriate training. For further details on training centres near you and around the waterway including the courses they offer are available on the RYA website.

GENERAL SAFETY ON THE WATER

It's easy to get caught out on the water and a pleasant day out can quickly deteriorate into a serious situation. Our Safety on the Water pages have some helpful information on keeping safe throughout the season. We would recommend subscribing to the Port's Notice to Mariner's pages which will keep you up to date with key waterway news. It would also be worth following the Port of Milford Haven's Twitter and Facebook accounts for news and updates.

LAUNCH SITES

For details of launch sites within the Waterway visit www.boatlaunch.co.uk.

 

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Tide Table and Leisure User Guide for the Milford Haven Waterway

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