In order to
operate a power-craft in Bermuda Waters you have
to be 12 years of age or older. From age 12 to
age 15 the engine size is limited to 6
horsepower. From age 16 there are no
restrictions on the engine horsepower.
Personal Watercraft (Jet Ski) operators must be
16 or older.
Be weather conscious, check the weather
forecast a day in advance of your trip
Create a float plan from the point of
leaving the dock to the time you will
Make sure that equipment being utilized on
the journey is in good working order (i.e.
engine, radio, bilge pumps, steering) and
the vessel has ample fuel, oil etc.
Ensure that all safety requirements are
Without reasonable excuse, no vessels may exceed
5 knots (9.2 km/h) through the water:
Within 100 metres of the shore, any structure,
or any vessel displaying
a dive flag. This includes beaches, docks and
Speed Limit Exceptions:
Two Rock Passage
Head of the Lane Passage
Town Cut Channel
Ferry Reach (from the sea to the Airfield
Landing light pylons approaching from the west).
Western Hogfish Channel
from Dockyard to the sea except the section
West of Mangrove Bay between the Quintons
and Gray's Point
must avoid making a wake which can cause
unnecessary danger or risk of damage to other
vessels, structures or people. Reduce or no wake
anyone has any part of their body over the bow
or sides or a power boat, or Within 100 metres of
another vessel or person in the water. This
includes beaches, docks and swimmers.
Towing & Similar Activities
Any boat including Jet Skis towing a water
skier, boat, wake board or similar device must have a person
14 years of age or older to keep a lookout, as well as the skipper. Those
wear a PFD. These activities must not be
carried out within 200 feet of the shoreline.
Water skiing and similar activities are not
permitted from sunset to sunrise.
When anchoring keep well clear of wharves
(docks) and jetties and their approaches.
Skippers must ensure they anchor so that they do
not cause a hazard by swinging into other
anchored craft, or by dragging.
Any vessel where diving activities are taking
place must display code flag A so that it can be
clearly seen from 200 metres. Boaters must not
create a wake or travel at a speed in access of
5 knots if they are within 100 meters of the