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Take it easy

PWC have a number of performance and handling characteristics that set them apart from other small powered vessels. They are very powerful for their size, nearly always propelled by a water jet rather than propellers, are highly manoeuvrable and can operate in quite shallow water.

PWC can also be more difficult to handle in a ‘close quarters’ situation than other powered vessels, due to a lack of off-throttle steerage and, for many older models, no reverse thrust or braking method. These are some of the reasons PWC are subject to a number of specific requirements governing their licensing and use.

TV personality and comedian Rob Shehadie has helped out as a safety ambassador with the award-winning campaign called ‘Take it Easy’ to promote safe, responsible and enjoyable use of the waterways.