During Sailing

This page provides you with valuable information that you can benefit from while riding your personal watercraft or jetski in Abu Dhabi. In addition, you will find below some rules and guidance for specific scenarios you might come across while on the water.
Speed and distance
All vessels (including PWC) are required to travel at a safe speed at all times. A safe speed is one where the vessel (including PWC) can be stopped in time to avoid any danger which may arise. When judging a safe speed you must consider visibility, other vessels, navigation hazards, wind, waves, and currents for manoeuvrability. Do not exceed the set speed limits.
Personal Watercrafts users must comply with the following:
  1. Not exceeding set speed limits
  2. Avoiding travel at speeds that may cause water splash on others
  3. Considering the density of traffic in the area of operation to determine the safe speed
  4. Not driving the Personal Watercraft if weather conditions or visibility is bad
  5. Reducing speed to six (6) knots or under and keeping a safe distance as following:
Sixty (60) m
from people in the water
from any fixed or floating structure such as anchored or moored vessels, structures, boat ramps, jetties, wharves, marinas or pontoons (excluding aids to navigation where this cannot be prevented)
from the boundary of a designated swimming area
from other vessels including other Personal Watercrafts
one hundred (100) m
from a vessel or buoy on which diver below signal (code Alpha) is displayed which is internationally represented by a white and blue flag with the letter (A) printed in English
two hundred (200) m
from the water’s edge
as determined by the Department of Transport for each bridge
when passing under the arch of a bridge
Approaching head on
Each PWC alters course to starboard (right) and passes port to port (left). This applies to both narrow channels and open waters.
As the overtaking PWC, you are responsible for keeping out of the way of the vessel being overtaken and passing safely on either side of the vessel.
Crossing situation
As a PWC is a powered vessel, and there are two power driven vessels that are crossing so as to involve risk of collision, you must give way to vessels approaching from your starboard side, as they are the stand on vessel.
As a PWC is a powered vessel, you must also give way to sailing vessels, fishing vessels engage in fishing and other vessels that are restricted in their ability to manoeuvre or not under command.
A good lookout by sight and by hearing must be maintained at all times. When operating your PWC you must be aware of what is going on around you, and ensure that you always check behind you.
The master is responsible at all times for maintaining a proper lookout.
If weed or debris gets caught in the intake/impeller
Engine cavitations may occur and they can decrease thrust and may cause your engine to overheat if the condition is not fixed. If there is any sign of this, or if your intake/impeller is clogged, return to the shore to clear. If at sea, turn the PWC off for at least 5 seconds and then restart the engine. If the intake is still clogged, place the PWC in reverse. If it is still clogged, stop the engine, remove the engine lanyard from the stop switch, dismount and reach under the PWC to remove the obstruction from the intake grate. If this fails, assistance will be required. Once ashore, immediately remove the lanyard, take out the intake grate to remove the foreign object. The following checklist can be used for post-use, although all operators should refer to the PWC user manual for more details.
If your PWC has capsized, turn off the engine and remove the engine safety switch lanyard. Swim to the rear of the PWC, and turn the PWC over by gripping the ride plate with your left hand and pushing down on the gunwale with your right hand or foot. Most manufacturers have placed a picture at the rear of the PWC to indicate the direction to roll your PWC to an upright position. If you roll your PWC in the wrong direction you could cause extreme damage to your PWC. If a picture does not exist, consult your manufacturer’s manual to find out which is the best way to right your PWC before you use it on the water. Do not put your hand in the intake grill. Start the engine in the normal way then head to the shore to inspect for water damage.