One of the big selling points for Batu Ferringhi is the beach and it can be fantastic for visitors to walk along the beach and paddle in the water at sunset, play with the kids in the shallows during the day or just sit and watch the world go by . Yep, it's a good way to pass the time ... that is until the jet skis start to buzz around like wounded hornets, shredding the mood and churning up the water. Which is a real pity.
Plenty of companies offer water activities and a lot of them have parasailing, an extremely risky passtime for participants and innocents walking along the beach alike. And, no, East Wind Watersports does not offer parasailing ... thank goodness, but they do offer jet skis and that is the worry.
While they do offer sailing instruction courses and various other boat activities under supervision the concept of allowing an unsupervised young (and I might add not so young) person to take out what is a relatively high speed lethal projectile without any form of control is the worry.
Yes, there are restrictions but try telling that to a red blooded macho guy (or girl for that matter) about them and you wont get a lot of people listening.
Since I have lived in Penang, there has been at least one death and a number serious injuries caused to beach goers by the jet skis (not necessarily from East Wind I might add) and I often go away from the beach disappointed by the non-stop cacophany of jet skiers.
It would be better to see comapnies like East Wind focusing on their environmentally friendly sailing classes than hear the jet skis any day.
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