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Personal Watercraft

Using your Personal Water Craft / Jet Ski (PWC) within the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth

The Dockyard Port of Portsmouth consists of 55 Square Miles covering the eastern Solent from a line between East Cowes and Hill Head.  Within this area, PWCs are not to be operated within 0.5 Nautical miles of the shore, or within the harbour, unless with a licence issued by QHM Portsmouth (which can be applied for here).  A 10 knot speed limit applies to PWCs throughout the Dockyard Port with exception of areas in excess of 0.5 Nautical Miles from Shore and in designated jet ski areas detailed further down this page.  All PWC users should familiarise themselves with General Direction 1/16 here.

Designated swimming areas

Designated PWC Area - Lee on the Solent

At Lee-on-Solent a variety of water sports take place in the vicinity of the Hovercraft slipway. At all times, all water users are to keep a sharp lookout for swimmers and ensure they keep well clear.  The PWC Area is bounded by the following coordinates:

50° 48’ .47 N                                     001° 12’ .75 W

50° 48’ .35 N                                     001° 12’ .58 W

50° 48’ .05 N                                     001° 13’ .17 W

50° 48’ .15 N                                     001° 13’ .34 W

This area is marked by yellow buoys at the east and west limits extending out from the groynes either side of the slipway. A buoy is placed either side of the outermost bouys, indicating the extent of the 1000yd (0.5nm) distance from shore. Within this area, PWCs, commonly known as jet skis, are authorised to exceed 10 knots. PWC operators remain responsible for their own safety and that of other water users and they are to ensure they remain a safe distance from other craft and swimmers at all times. The image below shows the inshore arrangements and signage placed at Lee-on-Solent.


Designated PWC Area - Eastney

A PWC area is established 600m south of the beach at Eastney and 400m west of the approaches to the Langstone Harbour entrance.  The area is bounded by the following positions:

50° 46’ 78 N                                      001° 02’ 73 W

50° 46’ 88 N                                      001° 02’ 09 W

50° 46’ 69 N                                      001° 01’ 96 W

50° 46’ 58 N                                      001° 02’ 58 W

This area is not marked by buoys. Within this area, PWCs will operate at high speed; other water uses should take care when entering.

More Links

General Direction 1/16 Personal Watercraft / Water Skiing / Board Sailing and Swimming.

Apply for a Personal Watercraft Licence