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Old 12 November 2016, 08:34   #11
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Problem is, if you look at the incident pyramid, the jetskiers are already 2 steps up, and seriously overconfident of their own abilities.

You could say the same about quite a few rib owners, but the proximity issues aren't there as much due to the nature of the craft (as in, you'll tear the prop off if you behave like a dick in 2 feet of water).

Ribs don't tend to lend themselves to stupid behaviour like donuts in amongst swimmers or dicking around right by a slipway so your mates can watch.
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Old 12 November 2016, 08:51   #12
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I guess ribs inherently run different risks, props can and do serious damage to people, been too many deaths already, hence the ongoing kill-cord debate.

Last really scary thing I saw was two water craft leaving a beach on the west wight on the plane, a stones throw for the shore, rooster tails going and weaving between the anchored boats ( and yes there were swimmers in the water inc kids ) - the craft were two phantom 21's showing off.
I'd suggest there's room for improvement in all quarters
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Old 12 November 2016, 09:07   #13
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I fully agree. I wouldn't be against the notion of some compulsory proficiency test for water users either. I'd include Sail and Paddle in there with Power. Nothing too onerous - just a basic understanding of any pertinent Nav. Rules, Rescue procedures and Safety Equipment use. Untrained salts would walk it and uninformed newbies might get their eyes opened.
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You can test/train users all you want, you can never account for stupidity though.
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I fully agree. I wouldn't be against the notion of some compulsory proficiency test for water users either. I'd include Sail and Paddle in there with Power. Nothing too onerous - just a basic understanding of any pertinent Nav. Rules, Rescue procedures and Safety Equipment use. Untrained salts would walk it and uninformed newbies might get their eyes opened.
An age old debate, and a rational response. But, what it means is you and I will be paying (one way or another) for the staffing of the scheme, the application process, the periodic renewal, the enforcement officers to police it, the cost of prosecuting those who don't comply...

And yet, whilst it will be marginally harder to get on the water in the first place it will probably do nothing for the mentality that puts people at risk - its not like quite significant driving licence regimes prevent everyone from being wreckless on the road.

At the end of the day nothing to stop enforcement action under current legislation, regardless of the type of vessel.
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....its not like quite significant driving licence regimes prevent everyone from being wreckless on the road.
A persuasive argument that I will remember in case I should ever be caught driving without a valid example of same.

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Account for it? Nah, ya just round 'em up and pop them on the Ark B

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I should caution anyone planning to take this subject seriously, that I have been given the day off and have no plans to make any sense whatsoever.

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