Please select your home edition
Edition
Raymarine AUS Element HV LEADERBOARD

Boaters behaving better on the water

by Leigh Wannan 23 Jan 2019 06:50 UTC
Maritime boat - Annual Water Safety Campaign by Roads and Maritime Services © Leigh Wannan

It has been mostly smooth sailing for boating enthusiasts during an annual water safety campaign run by Roads and Maritime Services.

Boating Safety Officers inspected 1875 vessels during Operation Safer Waters: You're the Skipper, You're Responsible and found nearly 90 per cent of boaters to be compliant with water safety regulations.

Executive Director NSW Maritime Angus Mitchell said the operation started on Saturday 12 January with a week-long education component and finished on Sunday 20 January following a weekend-long compliance blitz.

"It was pleasing to see that during the operation nearly all boaters were wearing lifejackets and were compliant with safety regulations," Mr Mitchell said.

"The high compliance rate demonstrates how our safety messages are getting through to boaters.

"These types of operations are conducted regularly to make sure people are enjoying their time on the water without having to fear for their personal safety."

Mr Mitchell said while the compliance rate among boaters was high, there are still some reckless people on the water who are putting themselves and others at risk.

"NSW has some of the most beautiful waterways in the country and we want people to enjoy their time on the water but we want them to do so safely," Mr Mitchell said.

"Every person who takes to the water without a lifejacket, without proper safety equipment or over the alcohol limit is putting themselves at an unnecessary risk.

"Even one person caught without their lifejacket on or over the legal limit is one too many there is no excuse."

During the operation, Boating Safety Officers and Boating Education Officers along with NSW Police Marine Area Command carried out the following actions:

  • Inspected 1574 recreational vessels, 295 personal water craft and six commercial vessels
  • Found 89 per cent of boaters to be compliant
  • Issued 73 penalty noticed for a variety of offences
  • Conducted 146 random breath tests, with two people found to be over the limit.
For more information about boating safety, visit: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime

Related Articles

Countless missing navigation markers and debris
NSW, Australia, conditions are unsafe in many areas Boaters across NSW are being warned to be on high alert for navigation hazards with significant debris and missing navigation markers after the weekend's rain. Posted on 10 Feb
NSW Boaties advised to take extra care
A high risk of boats dragging or breaking free around Sydney and north coasts Boaters are advised to take extra care with dangerous surf conditions and heavy rain forecast in the Sydney, northern and mid-north coasts until Sunday. Posted on 6 Feb
Boaters reminded that lifejackets save lives
After a skipper is successfully rescued from the water NSW Maritime is reminding boaters to ensure they have the correct safety equipment on board their vessel, including a lifejacket, after a capsize near Lion Island this weekend. Posted on 17 Dec 2019
Learn how to service your lifejackets for free
NSW Boaters are encouraged to attend one of the free clinics NSW Maritime Executive Director Mark Hutchings said the clinics include demonstrations of easy-to-do lifejacket pre-wear checks and servicing of inflatable lifejackets. Posted on 4 Dec 2019
Dangerous surf conditions along most of NSW coast
Sydney, Macquarie, Hunter, Illawarra, Batemans, Eden boat owners warned Boat owners are advised that dangerous surf conditions are forecast today and tomorrow along the NSW Southern and Central to Mid-North coasts. Posted on 20 Aug 2019
Owners reminded to dispose of boats responsibly
Boat owners are reminded of their responsibilities Boat owners are reminded of their responsibilities on the eve of the NSW Government stepping in to remove an 11 metre derelict boat dumped on an emergency mooring at Camden Haven. Posted on 15 Aug 2019
Boaters reminded to light up during darkest days
Boaters reminded to light up during darkest days Recreational boaters across NSW are being reminded to use navigation lights on their vessels. Posted on 17 Jul 2019
Cold water maritime safety campaign
A priority safety issue under the Maritime Safety Plan Cold water can have a paralysing effect on muscles and increase the risk of drowning, So if you are heading out on cold water, wear a lifejacket, it could save your life. Stay safe and enjoy your time out on the water! Posted on 13 Jun 2019
255 vessels inspected during Operation Blue Waters
The aim of the operation was to educate boaters to the dangers of offshore boating Despite poor weather, Roads and Maritime Services' Boating Safety officers were out in force, inspecting a total of 255 vessels during a weekend-long operation targeting offshore vessels along the Hunter and North Coast of NSW. Posted on 7 May 2019
Boaters behaving better at the tail end of season
After Be Aware: The Easter long-weekend water safety campaign More than 90 per cent of NSW boaters were found to be complying with maritime safety regulations, including travelling at safe speed and wearing a lifejacket during Operation Take Care, Be Aware, the Easter long-weekend water safety campaign. Posted on 25 Apr 2019
Nanni Diesel Australia 2020 - FOOTERMarina Exchange FOOTER 1Raymarine AUS Element HV FOOTER