MIL-OSI Australia: Do your safety checks this boating season

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Source: New South Wales Government 2

Headline: Do your safety checks this boating season

Published: 1 Oct 2021


Boating enthusiasts are urged to check their vessels and safety equipment before heading out on NSW’s open waters during the warmer months.

Around two-thirds of all calls to Marine Rescue NSW are related to problems with engines, batteries and fuel, and because many vessels have been sitting idle during the COVID-19 lockdown, now is the time to prepare.

Transport and Roads Minister Andrew Constance said that an increase in boating licenses over the past year means Transport for NSW is expecting this to be the state’s biggest season ever.  

“Whether you’re fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, or water skiing this long weekend, please make sure you follow the rules to ensure a day out on the water doesn’t end in tragedy,” Mr Constance said.

“Lifejackets are the most important safety equipment on any recreational vessel. In NSW you must service inflatable lifejackets once a year or in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.  Remember to check them every time before you get on the water.”

In areas subject to stay-at-home orders, including Greater Sydney and some regional areas, rules relating to outdoor gatherings still apply.

Find out more about boating safety and view the boating safety checklist

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