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Stay safe and wear a lifejacket on the water

28 September 2017

With the summer boating season beginning this October long weekend, boaters are reminded to be marine safe and wear a lifejacket on the water.

Current regulations require that vessels must have a lifejacket on board for each person.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is currently reviewing lifejacket regulations, following a recent survey and community consultation.

Proposed changes include the requirement for all children under the age of 12 to wear a lifejacket when in an open area of a vessel.

It is also proposed that lifejackets to be worn by all persons on vessels less than 4.8m and when in an open area of a vessel <12m at time of heightened risk.

It is also proposed that lifejackets be required to be worn on paddleboards and surf skis when operating more than 400m from the shore.

Consultation closed Friday 22 September, and community feedback is now being reviewed.

For more information on boating safety visit www.sa.gov.au/topics/boating-and-marine/boat-and-marine-safety