Why more Victorians are buying jet skis
Sales of affordable and adrenaline-pumping jet ski are booming in Victoria. Here is everything you need to know before you buy your own watercraft.
Personal watercraft (PWC) sales have been steadily increasing over the years as the public continues to invest in local entertainment over international travel.
Data shows there has been consistent annual growth in the number of PWC registrations in Victoria since 2015, with a spike in the past year. In 2021, there were 26,078 personal watercraft registrations in Victoria compared with 19,123 in 2015 and 24,504 last year.
VicRoads’ classification of personal watercrafts covers jet skis, wave runners and similar vessels that have an engine used for propulsion, a fully enclosed hull, don’t retain water and are operated by standing, kneeling or sitting astride.
Joshua Dowling, who runs the Watercraft Zone website, says the biggest attraction of jet skis is affordability.
“Jet skis are more affordable than boats, and they are easier to manoeuvre both in and out of the water,” Dowling says. “You can also tow them behind a more affordable car; you don’t need a big 4WD or ute.”
Dowling says novices need to treat jet skis with respect and be aware of the rules.