Characteristics and management issues
Over the last five years significant changes
have occurred in the personal watercraft market. The development
of sit down craft with up to four seats has resulted in personal
water-crafting becoming a more family focused activity with
a corresponding move away from single person stand-up craft.
However, the activity remains male orientated
and focused on a young market.
The use of a well known personality connected
with the activity may be an effective way to promote environmental
initiatives to participants.
Participants are unlikely to be associated
with local clubs and/or the national representative organisation
of the activity, the Royal Yachting Association.
Environmental information aimed at participants
would be most effectively targeted through personal watercraft
equipment suppliers as these organisations have direct contact
with the end users and are often considered a credible source
If byelaws are necessary the involvement of
local clubs and industry is essential to ensure the transfer
of information to the end user and to aid with enforcement of
the regulation. Byelaws are very location specific and strategies
for providing information should reflect this.
Tuition is often not required as users will
teach themselves, although the Royal Yachting Association and
some manufacturers provide training courses.
Environmental information developed in conjunction
with trainers and manufacturers may be an effective method of
Slipways or mooring are not required to enable
water access but car parking is required.
Known access points to the water or car parks
used by participants as well as hire companies can be good locations
for promoting environmental information.
The main targeted publication for this activity
is Jet Skier and Personal Watercraft magazine with a circulation
The publication is keen to promote good practice
advice to its readers.