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PQBH Marina Guide 2018 flipbook

16 The Poole Harbour and

16 The Poole Harbour and Marina Guide 2018

Diving in Poole Harbour Recreational diving in Poole Harbour has its own problems – there is hardly any deep water other than the navigation channels! Some recreational diving and training does occur in safer areas of the Harbour, but this is usually less than interesting due to the poor visibility underwater. If you wish to dive in Poole Harbour, remember, some areas can become very congested, so for your own safety: • Always use a boat to mark the surface area • Have another person on board to act as a safety lookout while divers are down • Fly the flag: International code of Signals ‘A’ flag “I have divers down, keep well clear at slow speed” • Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return • Do not dive or cause an obstruction in any of the navigation channels • Follow the Code of Safe Practice for Divers - see: Waterskiing A permit is required for waterskiing inside the harbour, it can be obtained from the Harbour Office or the Poole Harbour Recreational website: Current costs are:- Daily £15, Weekly £49, Annual £158. Payment can now be made online via our website Harbour Dues are payable in addition on each boat. should they be thrown into the water. These inflatables are prohibited from use anywhere within the harbour. They may be towed out to sea for use outside the harbour entrance providing they are not manned during the transit. Refer to harbour layout at rear of this guide for designated water ski area 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 blue and white stakes, yellow buoys and notice boards. 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. Water skiing may take place anywhere outside the harbour to seaward of the 8 knots yellow buoy markers off the beaches. The use of inflatable towed toys pose a significant hazard to other users within the harbour and indeed to the person on them 17

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