Malaga Province takes steps to safeguard coastal waters

New Rules for Fun and Safety Image: Shutterstock/ Mei Dud

In a bid to enhance coastal safety a comprehensive set of regulations governing beach and sea activities has been implemented in Malaga province. These new regulations came into effect on  February 16, the rules cover a spectrum of recreational activities, ranging from swimming to jet skiing.

Categorising Water Activities: Rules for Boats, Floats, and More

The regulations categorise water activities into four main groups: recreational boats, floats, individual motorised vessels, and towed boating activities. Specific guidelines address maximum offshore distances for various vessels, ranging from 50 metres for paddleboards to one nautical mile for jet skis.

Safety Measures Across the Spectrum

Safety measures include mandatory insurance for private and commercial vessels, daylight-only operation for inflatables, and speed restrictions in ports. The regulations emphasise respect for swimmers, with a minimum 50-metre distance required.

Addressing Specific Water Activities: Helmets, Life Jackets, and More

Furthermore, the rules address specific water activities such as paragliding, windsurfing, and flyboarding, imposing safety measures like wearing helmets and life jackets. Notably, certain zones near Malaga Airport’s runways have restrictions on activities like windsurfing and kite surfing.

Striking a Balance

Whether it’s navigating the waters on a jet ski or enjoying the tranquillity of open water swimming, these regulations aim to create a harmonious balance between leisure and safety along the sun-kissed shores of the Malaga Province.

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Written by

Catherine McGeer

I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!

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    • Brian

      25 February 2024 • 14:21

      I wonder how many paddle boarders and jet-ski drivers etc., will carry a tape measure with them? 😉

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