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Boating Safety Survey now out for Recreational Boaters

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

21 June 2019

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) is running an online survey to better understand the knowledge, skills and behaviours of South Australian recreational boaters.

The Boating Safety Survey, which is being run from this month until April 2020, will help inform DPTI’s Marine Safety team plan its future safety education programs and activities.

The survey can be accessed here. Survey participants will go into a draw to win one of five lifejackets.

The DPTI Marine Safety team is also hosting a display at the 2019 Adelaide Boat Show, June 28-30, at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The display (located in site 101) will feature information about new speed limits for the Port Adelaide River and lifejacket regulations, while Marine Safety Officers will be available to answer questions about any general boating safety matter.

Boating information sessions will be presented on-stage at 2pm each day, followed by boat licence exams for those who wish to participate.

Bookings for the exams are essential and numbers are strictly limited. To book your spot, visit the SA Volunteer Coast Guard stand (adjacent the DPTI display). Bookings cost $40, or $20 for 12 to 15 year-olds looking to participate in the special permit exam.

It is recommended that those who wish to attempt the boat licence exam engage in some learning prior to attending the boat show, by attending one of the daily information sessions, studying the SA Boating Safety Handbook or visiting the On Deck website (, where a practice exam is available.

Upon successful completion of the exam, a licence application form will be endorsed and must then be presented at any Service SA centre, along with proof of age and identity and payment of the $43 licence fee.

For other information about safety equipment requirements and boating rules, visit