Safety and maintenance

Daily jet boat checks

Shotover Jet mechanical staff carry out checks daily.

The mechanics themselves get assessed throughout the year by either our Maintenance Manager or Workshop Supervisor who audit their checks to ensure compliance.

Jet boat audits

Our jet boats are audited annually by two independant parties - an internal expert whom has over 10 years' experience and an external Maritime New Zealand authorised specialist.

Refit plan

Every year we put together a comprehensive jet boat refit programme which predetermines when jet boat engines and jet units will be rebuilt. At regular intervals, we strip, fully check and refit all of our jet boats.

Critical parts tracking

We have introduced a computerised critical parts tracking system which ensures the integrity and safety of critical componentry in our jet boats. Every critical part of the jet boat that could cause failure of a vital function is tracked so we know how and when it is serviced and/or replaced. For example, in addition to daily visual inspections, the tracking system requires crack testing on steering nozzles every 500 hours and that, irrespective of whether there is any damage, the steering nozzle is replaced every 2,000 hours. The system is computerised, and ensures that no critical component is overlooked during the maintenance programme.

Reliability Centred Maintenance

In October 2001 we introduced Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM). This is a maintenance methodology used in the airline industry to improve engine efficiency and reliability. RCM allows Shotover Jet to raise the standard for the jet boating industry and assist in the maturing and development of our maintenance processes. The initial training of our mechanical staff started in October 2001 and was carried out by Price Waterhouse, the official licensees for RCM.

Driver safety and training

Our drivers are highly trained professionals and know their ‘Big Red’ Jet Boats and the fast flowing waters of the Shotover River like the back of their hands.

Each driver undergoes a minimum of 120 hours rigourous training (over double the industry requirements) before carrying their first passenger.