Tips for trouble free boating

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 15:50 -- Maria

Before you head out on the water consider these simple tips to assist in trouble free boating

  • Check that your boat is in good condition.
  • Check that you have all the required safety equipment on board. Ensure all safety equipment is in good condition and easily accessible in the event of an emergency and everybody aboard knows its location.
  • Report your trip. Let someone know where you are going, how many people are on board and when you intend to return.
  • Make sure you and your crew know how to handle the boat, especially on the waterway that you’re using. If in doubt, get information from locals or Maritime.
  • Check the weather before you go out. Register for Maritime’s new Maritime Alert system based on official weather data.
  • Make sure you have sufficient water and fuel for the duration of the trip.
  • Go easy on the drink – waves, wind and weather multiply the effects of alcohol. One third of all boating fatalities involve alcohol.
  • If crossing a bar log on to view live web - camera footage for a number of coastal bars in NSW at www.maritime.nsw.gov.au.