With the summer days coming with hot sunny weather, people will be thinking about going to the beach to go swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking or launching their boats and jet skis to enjoy the day.
We want to remind people who are planning on going to Port Erin that it is unique in the Isle of Man in having a dedicated diving area, as shown on the map. The bay is also popular with open water swimmers, paddleboarders and kayakers, with floating piers in use all year round.
The Safe Bathing Area is shoreward of a line joining the Harbour Slip, the Yellow safe water Buoy and the dome on Collinson House. This means that no boats should be operating in this area unless they are recovering a vessel onto a trailer.
The No Wake Zone for Port Erin is bound by the line of the old breakwater to the Green Buoy and a line from that buoy to the Yellow safe water Buoy off the Raglan Pier to the end of the Harbour Slipway.
The Diving Zone is bound from the Lifeboat station towards the old breakwater. Divers will tend to enter the water at the jetty with a flag flying showing divers in the water.
Port Erin harbour is still a working harbour with fishing boats and touring boats entering and exiting the bay. They may berth on the jetty and at the Raglin Pier. Visiting vessels will also use the jetty and pier for berthing and the yellow visitor's buoys or anchor in the bay.
We want to urge people using the bay to be considerate of others. If your swimming, please stay in the safe bathing areas marked on the map.
Boat operators, please stay in the no-wake zone and look out for kayakers and paddle boarders as they may be inexperienced.
Kayakers and paddle boarders, please wear lifejackets/ buoyancy aids and don't go further than you are comfortable with.
Divers, please make sure that you are flying the flag designated at the jetty and that your divers' buoys are shown clearly on the water.
We want to make the harbour safely enjoyable for everyone using the harbour by following the IOM Government safety areas and checking tide times, and being considerate to other users in the harbour.
If you do see something odd or someone in danger, don't hesitate to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard
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