22 June 2011
Boaties and marine enthusiasts alike will now be able to get their hands on the new Recreational Boating Safety Handbook.
DTEI’s Director Transport Safety Regulation said the new safety handbook defines the rules and is much easier to navigate for skippers, passengers and other water users.
"We’ve made some fairly significant changes to the Recreational Boating Safety Handbook which will allow water users to easily familiarise themselves with safe boating practices and the relevant laws applicable to activity on the waters," he said.
"Safety on the water is the overriding theme for laws and regulations surrounding recreational boating. We just want you to be safe while enjoying all the pleasures the water has to offer."
With recreational boating being an increasingly popular leisure activity for many South Australians, a real focus on education around water safety is important.
"The new handbook makes it much easier for boaties to pick it up and flick through it, keeping important safety messages fresh in mind and influencing their behaviour on the water," he said.
"It’s important to remember that being the skipper means you are responsible for boating safety, understanding the rules, being licensed if you’re operating a boat with an engine, and making sure your vessel is seaworthy."
"Ignorance on the water is no excuse. We have a lot of information readily available for boaties."
In addition to the new booklet, DTEI has other useful educational tools to help water users become familiar with all the ins and outs of marine safety.
"Complementing this handbook is our website at www.sa.gov.au/boatingmarine
which outlines all the rules and regulations with even more detail," he said.
"There you’ll also find the online version of On Deck that will keep you up-to-date with all the latest happenings and news in marine safety."
The new handbook will be available from Service SA outlets, the Boat Show and direct from Transport Safety Compliance Officers.
"We recommend that you stow your booklet on your vessel. That way, you can flick through it when you go out – It’s always going to be relevant and useful," he said.
For further information regarding recreational boating or to download a pdf version of the Recreational Boating Safety Handbook, please visit www.sa.gov.au/boatingmarine.