RESIDENTS of Amwaj Islands have been drowning in noise as dangerous jet-skiers have invaded the residential development's beaches during the weekends.
They are calling for tighter security measures to be adopted to prevent youths from causing havoc, particularly on the beach at Floating City.
Some say their relaxing Fridays have been disrupted on a weekly basis by a group of jet-skiers who drive close to the beach, causing large waves that knock over children playing on the shore.
"This happens every weekend, and nothing is being done about it," said an Amwaj resident, who only wanted to be known as Natalie.
"The wake from their dangerous driving creates large waves which then in turn means that anchors on the boats already on the beach do not hold, and the boats end up drifting into the middle of the bay.
"We have had to swim out to pick up our boat, which is even more dangerous because we are swimming in the middle of these people who do not pay attention to swimmers.
"They are not Amwaj residents and security doesn't do anything to stop them from disrupting the beach every weekend.
"Essentially they will ruin Amwaj for everyone - if they aren't residents here or do not know residents, then they shouldn't be allowed in."
Another resident, known only as Peter, said that he and his family stopped wake-boarding in the bay because it was too dangerous with the jet-skiers.
"We just cannot continue wake-boarding, because it is too dangerous with these people around, especially with the children in the water," he said.
"The beach is a great place to come with the boat on the weekends, but they are ruining it now with their dangerous driving.
"Security has a tough time, because there isn't a lot they can do to stop this, but something has to be done before someone gets hurt."
The GDN visited the beach, where large waves created by the drivers hit the shore, disturbing people and boats on the shoreline. One was driving at high speed in circles and performed water tricks while his friends were driving close to young children playing in the shallow water.
At one point, one beachgoer asked the youths to move further away, but his request was ignored.
Meanwhile, some suggested setting up a cordoned off area to stop jet skis from coming too close to the shore. "They are very annoying, especially when you berth your boat on the beach, they come up to you and drive dangerously," said one resident, who wished to be known as Rebecca.
"They have the entire open sea but they choose to come right up to the beach, and when you're trying to relax on the boat, you cannot because the boat is constantly moving in their wake and we have to keep re-anchoring the boat.
"Unfortunately there is not a lot that you can do to stop them, as they come from outside the Floating City, but management could create a boundary with buoys to keep the jet skis out.
"They do not notice small children and dogs in the water, and by the time someone has been hit by them, it will be too late."
However, one resident said the jet-skiers should be trained and educated on proper safety measures - instead of banning them from the bay.
"I would like to see them stopped, but then I understand that legally it is very difficult to stop them, as the Floating City beach is too readily accessible from the sea and other launch areas in Amwaj," said Floating City resident Jackie Beedie.
"Perhaps we need to find alternative ways to educate the drivers instead, with training courses to teach them how to use them safely and what distance they should be from the beach.
"I think the only way is to educate rather than legislate."
Amwaj Islands management were unavailable for comment when contacted by the GDN.