Water safety information for personal water crafts (jet skis and small motorised boats)
With more people using the water for recreational activities the coast has become very busy, which has led to accidents, near misses and conflict in the inshore area along the coast.
At Swanage and Studland Bay, as well as many other bays along the coast they are special places for all to enjoy a wide variety of activities and for the wildlife to be safe and protected by all. The information on this page is for people who ride jet skis and drive small motorised boats who go close to shore.
How you ride or drive is essential so that everyone has a great time and lives and wildlife are not put in danger.
In a coastal emergency dial 999 and ask for Coastguard
- Police Emergency 999 or non-emergency 101
- Report an incident on line
Useful information for riding/driving in the area
Byelaws provide the key information you need to visit and use the Dorset coast. Please download the relevant byelaws when planning your trips.
Swanage, Studland and Kimmeridge
The yellow 5 knot speed marker buoys are in the water from Easter to the end of October. The buoys are placed to ensure the safety of all those using the water by controlling speeds within the landside of the buoys. The area applies to all water craft (this includes jet skis and small motorised boats) and encourages respect, consideration and safety.
MMO ask you to avoid anchoring on the seagrass to help protect the valuable habitat and wildlife in Studland Bay Marine Conservation Zone.
Please see the leaflet below for further details of where the voluntary no anchor zone is located within Studland Bay and why we have put this measure in place. Visit the dedicated gov.uk page for more information.
Seaside Pleasure Boat Byelaw 2013 (covers Lulworth Cove, Kimmeridge Bay, Swanage Bay & Studland Bay).