Following another serious incident on the water, the Australian Jet Ski Association is calling on the Victorian Government for an immediate review of the current Jet Ski Licensing program in effect. They are asking that the government urgently review the procedure to become licensed with the hopes that it will help prevent future accidents. With correct training and enforcement, collisions can be avoided and the waterways can be shared safely by everyone who chooses to enjoy them.
Some key representatives of the Victorian Jet Ski community have made recommendations to the Victorian Government for practical testing in the past, however nothing has changed since this last occurred around two years ago.
According to the Australian Jet Ski Association, Victoria has one of the easiest licensing procedures in Australia, with no practical test required what so ever. To become licensed to operate any power sports vessel without a practical form of testing is irrationally inadequate on today’s busy waterways; especially with the rapidly increasing numbers of jet skis out on the water. Serious injury or deadly collisions could potentially be avoided if new riders are given a better understanding of the potential risks and the basic do’s and don’ts by a practical qualified instructor.
What do you think? Should training courses and proper licensing be mandatory to operate a PWC around the world? Perhaps the question is; is it fair to the Victorian community and to the new young riders themselves to allow licensing without the practical observation by an experienced trainer to guide their skills and attitude?