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New Lifejacket Laws

12 Nov 2018

South Australian lifejacket laws have changed to help keep our community safe when enjoying our states’ waterways.

New regulations came into effect from the 1st December 2017 and an awareness and education phase was undertaken by DPTI Marine Safety Officers for 12 months to enable boaters to become familiar and to replace existing lifejackets where necessary.

Check the table below to see when and what type of lifejacket you and your crew now need to wear.

More information is available here.


Lifejacket requirements

Note: Children less than 12 years of age, or weighing less than 40kg, must not wear an inflatable lifejacket.

Children of or under 12 years of age when:

  • on vessels not more than   4.8 m fitted with engine when underway or anchored and
  • when in an open area of a vessel not less than 4.8 but not more than 12 metres when underway or at anchor

PROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 50

SEMI-PROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 100 or above

UNPROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 100 or above

Vessels not more than 4.8 metres fitted with engine when underway or anchored

PROTECTED WATERS

all persons must wear Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above
(see requirements above for children)

SEMI-PROTECTED WATERS

must be equipped with Level 100 or above for all persons, but all persons must wear Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above
(see requirements above for children)

UNPROTECTED WATERS

all must wear Level 100 or above
(see requirements above for children)

Vessels not less than 4.8 metres but not more than 12 metres when underway or anchored

PROTECTED WATERS

children of or under 12 years on an open deck must wear Level 50 or Level 100 or above

PROTECTED WATERS

all other persons when on an open deck or at times of heighted risk must wear Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above
(see requirements above for children)

SEMI-PROTECTED WATERS

must be equipped with level 100 or above for all persons

SEMI-PROTECTED WATERS

all persons when on an open deck and at times of heightened risk must wear Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above
(see requirements above for children)

UNPROTECTED WATERS

must be equipped with level 100 or above for all persons
(see requirements above for children)

UNPROTECTED WATERS

all other persons when on an open deck and at times of heighted risk must wear Level 100 or above

Personal watercraft

PROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 50 or Level 50S

SEMI-PROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 50 or Level 50S

UNPROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 50 or Level 50S

Paddle board or surf ski

PROTECTED WATERS

all must wear Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above

SEMI-PROTECTED WATERS

when greater than 400 metres from shore must wear Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above

UNPROTECTED WATERS

all must wear Level 50 or Level 100 or above

Sailboards or kiteboards

PROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above

SEMI-PROTECTED WATERS

when less than 400 metres from shore must wear Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above

SEMI-PROTECTED WATERS

when greater than 400 metres from shore must wear Level 100 or above

UNPROTECTED WATERS

all must wear Level 100 or above

Surfboard

PROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above

SEMI-PROTECTED WATERS

no requirement to wear

UNPROTECTED WATERS

no requirement to wear

Canoe or kayak (including a motorised canoe or kayak)

PROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above

SEMI-PROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above

UNPROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 50 or Level 100 or above

Rowboats

PROTECTED WATERS

must be equipped with Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above lifejacket for each person on board

SEMI-PROTECTED WATERS

must be equipped with Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above lifejacket for each person on board

UNPROTECTED WATERS

all must wear Level 50 or Level 100 or above

Dragon boats

PROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 50 or Level 50S

SEMI-PROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above

UNPROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 50 or Level 100 or above

Small sailing dinghy or multi hull sailing craft less than 6 metres

PROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above

SEMI-PROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 50, Level 50S or Level 100 or above

UNPROTECTED WATERS

must wear Level 100 or above