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Water skiing

A permit is required for waterskiing inside the harbour. This can be obtained from the Harbour Office or downloaded here. Current costs are:-

Daily, weekly, and annual charges apply .

Harbour dues are payable in addition on each boat. Payable at per metre at the Harbour Office or per day flat rate if stopped on water by patrols.

The designated water ski area is in the Wareham Channel and is approximately 2000 metres long and varies in width between 300 metres and 600 metres. The area is marked by yellow buoys. Water skiers are exempt from the speed limit when operating within this area.

Water skiing boats must have a minimum of two people in the boat, one of whom acts as a lookout astern. Boats should circuit the area in an anti-clockwise direction and avoid getting too close to each other.

Follow the Code of Safe Practice for Water Skiers issued with every permit.

See: Port/Harbour Links


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