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South African Jetski Requirements

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Since the law changed in 2007 and was implemented from March 2009 all vessels are regulated by SAMSA (South African Marine Safety Authority) as follows

Any vessel from 15hp or greater must comply with safety regulations and have the applicable skippers ticket

You can only launch from an approved launch site

To use a vessel on inland waters (Dams, Rivers, etc) You need a minimum of a category R skippers ticket

You must have a buoyancy certificate for your craft (minimum 30% buoyancy issued by SAMSA appointed agents)

You must have a COF (Certificate of Fitness) for your craft and a COC (Certificate of Competance) for you the skipper. The COC is obtainable through a SAMSA authorised agent and does not need to be renewed anually but you can upgrade to a higher certificate. The COF for your craft must be renewed anually through an appointed agent

The regulations are policed and enforced by SAMSA agents and the water wing police and you will be checked at clubs and launch sites 

To use a Jetski at sea just like any other craft your Jetski category will depend on its construction (must be over 3 metres) and you must have the relevant safety equipment for that category 

You must have a buoyancy certificate for your craft (minimum 30% buoyancy issued by SAMSA appointed agents)

You must have a COF (Certificate of Fitness) for your craft and a COC (Certificate of Competance) for you the skipper. The COC is obtainable through a SAMSA authorised agent and does not need to be renewed anually but you can upgrade to a higher certificate. The COF for your craft must be renewed anually through an appointed agent

The regulations are policed and enforced by SAMSA agents and the water wing police and you will be checked at clubs and launch sites

Your Jetski can be either

Category R Inland waters

Category E Operating not more than 1 Nautical Mile from shore

Category D Operating less than 5 Nautical Miles from shore

Please note altough your craft may be lets say a category D (can go up to 5 nautical miles to sea) you must have the relevant skippers ticket also to go that far to sea

Your skippers ticket is either

Day Skipper

Coastal Skipper Below are some examples of skippers courses taken from http://www.saskipper.com/Courses.php 

Category R ≤9 meters (Inland Water) Skipper. The course consists of a 1 day theoretical course (08:00 to 15:00) in a class room.You will have to complete a pre-examination task after wich you will have to write the national examination. Please note that you must be able to log a minimum of 25 hours inland water time, in order to qualify for your Cat R license.You will also have to complete a practical assesment.

 For up to date information also take a look at www.samsa.org

Safety kits

SAFETY EQUIPMENT CATEGORY “D”
*UP TO 5 NAUTICAL MILES OUT TO SEA*

  • *1 x Water Tight Capsize Bottle with lanyard the width of the boat attached to contain the following:-
    • 2 x Un-expired approved Red Hand Held Distress Flares.
    • 2 x Un-expired approved Red Rocket Parachute Flares.
    • 1 x Un-expired approved Floating Orange Smoke marker.
    • 2 x Space Blankets.
    • 1 x Waterproof Torch, batteries & spare globe (for night operations). *** Not for Jetski***
  • 1 x Litre of Drinking Water per person.
  • 1 x Approved First Aid Kit with white cross on green background on container.
  • 1 x Approved Life Jacket or Life Vest per person on board.
  • 1 x 29MHZ Marine Radio. Must be capable of operating on A, B and C Channels.
  • 1 x Suitable Magnetic Compass with which bearings can be taken. (Illuminated for night operations)
  • Fire Extinguishers, 1 x per engine suitable, dry powder type 1.5kg dated and serviced by Fire Appliance Servicing Agent.
  • 1 x Capsize Rope suitable for the type of craft.
  • 1 x Sea Anchor (Drogue) rigged with trip rope and ready to use (surf launching only).
  • 1 x anchor proper patented suitable for operating area.
  • 1 x 100m Suitable Anchor rope.
  • 1 x Suitable Chain not less than 5m in length for boats over 6m.
  • 1 x Suitable Chain not less than 3m in length for boats under 6m.
  • Bow Eye and Stern Eye.
  • Anchor Ballard.
  • Suitable Scuppers. *** Not for Jetski***
  • Petrol Tanks must be Red or UN-approved in accordance with SAMSA regulations. *** Not for Jetski***
  • Spares adequate for the purpose of carrying out emergency repairs to machinery and essential equipment on board. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SPARE SPARK PLUGS AND SPARK PLUG SPANNER
  • Tools as above i.e. for the purpose.
  • Inflatable to have Air-Bellows and Repair Kit. *** Not for Jetski***
  • All equipment to be marked with Water Repellent Marker with Boat Registration Number.
  • Boat Trailer must be marked, with owners name, boat registration number and owners contact number.
  • Emergency Steering. (Foldable paddle)
  • Identity Sheet (Red, Orange or Yellow)
  • Navigational Lights (In accordance with International regulations for night operations.) *** Not for Jetski***
  • Bucket (Bailing device) For a Jetski use a collapsibe bucket
  • 30% Buoyancy
  • 2 Oars if only one motor (one collapsible paddle / oar)
  • Drain plugs (Always make sure they are in before launching) 
    DIVE BOATS ONLY
  • 1 x Code Flag “A” (rigid)
  • 1 x depth-sounding device or hand lead line.
  • 1 x handheld 12V Spotlight with own battery (for night operations).
  • Grab-line fitted to outside of Gunwales
  • SAFETY EQUIPMENT CATEGORY “E”
    *UP TO 1 NAUTICAL MILES OUT TO SEA*
  • 1 x Water Tight Capsize Bottle with lanyard the width of the boat attached to contain the following:-
  • 1 x Un-expired Hand Held Red Smoke Marker.
  • 1 x Un-expired approved Projectile Flare Set.
  • 1 x Suitable Air bellows and Repair Kit. *** Not for Jetski***
  • 1 x Approved Life Jacket or Life Vest per person on board.
  • 1 x 29MHZ Marine Radio. Must be capable of operating on A,B and C Channels (not required, but strongly recommended)
  • Fire Extinguishers, 1 x per engine suitable, dry powder type 1.5kg dated and serviced by Fire Appliance Servicing Agent.
  • 1 x Capsize Rope suitable for the type of craft.
  • 1 x Sea Anchor rigged with trip rope and ready to use (surf launching only).
  • 1 x Anchor proper patented suitable for operating area.
  • 1 x 50m Suitable Anchor rope.
  • 1 x Suitable Chain not less than 5m in length for boats over 6m.
  • 1 x Suitable Chain not less than 3m in length for boats under 6m.
  • Bow Eye and Stern Eye.
  • Suitable Scuppers. *** Not for Jetski***
  • Petrol Tanks must be Red or UN-approved in accordance with SAMSA regulations. *** Not for Jetski***
  • Spares adequate for the purpose of carrying out emergency repairs to machinery and essential equipment on board. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SPARE SPARK PLUGS AND SPARK PLUG SPANNER
  • Tools as above i.e. for the purpose.
  • All equipment to be marked with Water Repellent Marker with Boat Registration Number.
  • Boat Trailer must be marked, with owners name, boat registration number and owners contact number.
  • Emergency Steering. (Foldable paddle)
  • Identity Sheet (Red, Orange or Yellow)
  • Navigational Lights (In accordance with International regulations for night operations.) *** Not for Jetski***
  • Bucket (Bailing device)
  • 2 Oars if only one motor (one collapsible paddle / oar)
     
    Drain plugs (Always make sure they are in before launching) 
  • Mick Clarke (Codfather) does Jetski Skippers courses on the Durban South Coast contact us here for more details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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