28 October 2019
Before you launch this boating season, make sure you know how to keep everyone safe.
Read on for the top 5 to know before you go.
You must carry safety equipment suitable for your vessel size and where you are going.
Make sure it’s also in good condition, readily accessible and protected from water and weather.
And remember – some equipment, like flares, will expire, so make sure you know when replacements are required.
South Australian lifejacket laws have changed to help keep our community safe when enjoying our states’ waterways.
What type of lifejacket, and when you must wear it, depends on your vessel, water activity, age and the conditions.
Check this table to know when you must wear a lifejacket. Or find more information here.
Before heading out, do your research on the area you are visiting.
Are you likely to come across any hazards, other vessels or larger ships? Do you know the rules of navigation?
Should you expect any wildlife? Or will there be other people or residents also enjoying the area that you need to be considerate of?
Know what you should look out for.
Coastal weather forecasts provide information about conditions that may affect your safety.
But remember to check regularly during your trip. Weather can change quickly, and it isn’t always a quick trip back in.
It's vital to let someone know where you are going, your point of departure, when you plan to return and the number of passengers with you.
Consider using a fridge magnet so your family or friends have easy access to your trip details.
A day on the water should be enjoyable for everyone.