Police Department

Jet Ski Regulations and Kiteboarding/Sailboarding Times

  1. No person may operate a personal watercraft between the hours of one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise.
  2. Personal watercraft must be at all times operated in a reasonable and prudent manner. Maneuvers which unreasonably or unnecessarily endanger life, limb, or property, including, but not limited to weaving through congested traffic, shall constitute reckless operation f a vessel and are prohibited.
  3. No person under the age of sixteen (16) shall operate a personal watercraft on the waters of the town unless an adult accompanies him/her or unless he/she has evidence he/she passed a boating safety course approved by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management or the United States Coast Guard.
  4. It is unlawful for the owner of any personal watercraft to authorize or knowingly permit the same to be operated by a person under sixteen (16) years of age in violation of this section unless the provisions of the above section are met.
  5. No person shall operate a personal watercraft within (200) feet of swimmers, divers, the shore or moored vessels except at a headway speed.
  6. Personal watercraft when launched from shore or returning to shore must proceed directly to the area where operation is allowed in a direction as near perpendicular to the shore as possible and not in excess of headway speed.
  7. No person shell operate a personal watercraft unless he or she and any passenger is wearing a personal flotation device which is approved by the United States Coast Guard.
  8. No person shall operate a personal watercraft in a reckless manner as to endanger life, limb or property of another.
  9. No person shall operate any personal watercraft unless it is numbered in accordance with Rhode Island General Law 46-22-4.
  10. No person shall operate a personal watercraft unless the personal watercraft is equipped by the manufacturer with a lanyard type engine cut off switch which must be attached to the operator of the personal watercraft.
  11. No Jet Ski’s will be fueled on the beach.


Kiteboarding and/or sailboarding is prohibited in the designated swim area at Sachuest Beach during the period from May 15 to October 1, of any year.