Personal Watercraft Safety
The Thames Estuary is the perfect place to use your Personal Watercraft (PWC). This guide describes established good practice to ensure that you don't endanger yourself, others, or cause harm to the environment.
It is important to know how to stay safe and how to behave with respect to other users when out on the water. By observing the following guidelines, you can stay safe and not endanger others. The Port of London Authority (PLA) regulates the use of PWCs under its river byelaws. To obtain a copy please visit the PLA's website: www.pla.co.uk.
When out on the water, you should always be on the lookout for other vessels and people in the water. It is important to know where other vessels are and where they are heading before you make a turn or cross a wake. As a general rule, you should not exceed the speed of 8 knots (10 mph) when your craft is within 200m of the shoreline or a port facility. In congested areas, lower your speed accordingly.