Stay safe on the water
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.
Know what safety equipment you need – and when it expires.
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.
Know when you must wear a lifejacket.
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.
Know the area where you are boating
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.
Know the weather forecast – and when to recheck
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.
Let someone know before you go
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.