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Personal Watercraft (PW's)

More commonly known as jet skis or water bikes, PWs are permitted to use the harbour waters with some restrictions. A PW permit - which is the equivalent of harbour dues for other recreational vessels, signifies the Harbour Master's written permission to operate within the harbour.

Application forms are available from the Harbour Office or can be downloaded here. Daily, Weekly and Annual Charges apply.

Before a permit is issued the applicant must undertake:

  • that his craft is data tagged and the number is clearly visible
  • not to let any person under 16 years of age ride his PW unless he is under the direct supervision of the permit holder, or holds the RYA Certificate of Proficiency for PWs
  • to abide by the Harbour Master's directions.


There is a designated area for PWs to the north of Brownsea Island where they are exempt from the speed limit. They are prohibited from using the quiet area to the south of Brownsea Island. In all other areas of the harbour they are subject to the speed limit of 10 knots, which is strictly enforced.

PWs must not linger in the harbour entrance or the main shipping channels, and are not to "play the wake" of larger vessels. The recommended area for launching is Baiter Public Slipway where permits can be obtained. Permits may also be obtained from the Harbour Office and Poole Quay Boat Haven.

PWs are strongly advised to have proper insurance. If launching at Baiter Public Slipway, third party liability cover is a mandatory requirement of the Borough of Poole Council.

It is a byelaw offence to operate without a permit or without a registration number on display. Follow the Code of Safe Practice for PWs which is issued free with every permit.

Car parking only is charged at the following rates:

Launch and recovery of boat, including car and trailer parking 6am to midnight 10.80 (includes daily harbour dues)

Launch and recovery of boat, including car and trailer parking 2.30pm to midnight 9.30 (includes daily harbour dues)

Waterskiing and Jetski permits can be purchased from the attendant at Baiter Slipway at the weekends (only).

Please note that the car park is locked at midnight.

This facility is run by the Poole Borough and queries should be directed to (01202) 633 285.

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