Switzerland’s Federal Council recently banned boat-based parasailing along with the use of jet skis and other jet propelled vessels on Lake Geneva.
Rules in place since 1979 covering what can be used on the lake did not specifically mention such activities or vessels. After France specifically banned them the baton was the Swiss Federal government to issue a similar ban. On 27 March 2019, Bern issued its ban.
The ban does not include kite surfing. Decisions on restricting this activity remain in the hands of the cantons and administration of the French department of Haute-Savoie. Water skiing, wake boarding and barefoot skiing are treated similarly.
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Switzerland had agreed the changes in 2008 but decided to wait for the French government to reach a decision before issuing new rules.
For a while in 2017 jet ski use was legal on the French portion of the lake.
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