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“Watch out for the jet skis”

East Wind Watersports
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Owner description: East Wind Watersports provides beach watersports activities, boating/ jetski tours and has Public Liability Insurance. Our instructors are professionally qualified and are highly trained in safety and rescue. We follow strict international safety guidelines and regulations to make sure everyone can enjoy some fun in the sun with a tremendous peace of mind.We are registered with VDWS International, one of the largest watersports association in Europe.We also cater to group activities and teambuilding events.
Reviewed 20 August 2011

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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Syerleena_Rashid, Supervisor at East Wind Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2011

Demonone,

This is review section is meant for our guests to comment on our services after using our facilities.
I appreciate your comments but it has nothing to do with us. We offer jetski rentals as part of our services as required by the hotels. As for guests who partake in these activities, they have some documents to fill out (namely our Jetski Rental Agreement and Rules document) before they go and those below the ages of 16 years are NOT allowed to ride unsupervised and will need an adult or instructor to ride with them. Those between the ages of 16 to 18 will need parental consent. Those who have been drinking alcohol will be told to sober up before getting on a jetski.

We make sure everyone rides responsibly and acknowledges the 75m swimming zone that has been set up by local authorities. Anyone who breaks any of these rules, will be called back. Anyone who refuses to listen to us, will be taken off our jetskis. We have no qualms in doing so. We have been known to refuse some guests because of their irresponsible behavior. You see, we take safety issues very seriously. It is because of our strict safety regulations and policy, East Wind Watersports has had no accidents and is the safest operator in Batu Ferringhi. That is why we operate for 3 major hotels in this area.

The reason watersports namely jetskis are such a nuisance, is because illegal beach operators are apathetic. To make things worse, there are about 30 of these illegal beach operators operating on the 1.4km Batu Ferringhi beach front. We've suggested to the local authorieties through the hoteliers to set up a jetski driving range that goes beyond 200m away from the beach simply because we know the level of noise pollution it can create. That's the minimum jetski driving range set up in most European countries but our local authorities decided that 75m is enough.

Suggesting that we focus on non-motorized watersports rather than providing jetski rentals for our guests will not eliminate the beach problem. People will still go to the illegal beach operators and will continue to rent jetskis from them. The solution is simple, local authorities must be serious about enforcing existing laws and co-operate with the MPPP, Police and Marine Police to ensure the safety of all beach goers. Illegal beach operators should NOT exist on the beaches at all and let responsible operators like us operate safely.

The question is, how serious are you about tackling this issue?

I understand that you are frustrated (we are too) with the illegal beach operators but taking out your frustration on our page doesn't do anything. May I suggest you write to the local newspapers or even post your comments in the Batu Ferringhi travel forum. You can also contact the Director of Communications in Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa who compiles complaints and feedback to present to the Chief Minister of Penang and the MPPP about the on going beach issues. That could definately help the cause.

So don't put us in the same category with the illegal beach operators because we're not.

On a lighter note, would you be interested in signing up for one of our sailing courses?

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