WITH recent rains filling our dams, lakes and waterways to their capacity, it’s set to be a bumper summer on the water.
Traditionally, October is the start of the boating season and to ensure people are going into the season safely, the NSW Government have launched Operation Boat Safe, a state-wide campaign targeting boating safety and compliance on our waters.
For many people this will be the start of their boating season and their first boating trip in months, so it’s important to check all the necessary safety gear is still on board, and that the boat and its equipment are in good working order.
Wearing a lifejacket, checking boating safety equipment and being sensible out on the water are by far the simplest and most effective way to prevent drowning while recreational boating.
To operate a boat at 10 knots or more, you must have a NSW Boat Licence and be over the age of 12.
Roads and Maritime have produced a Boating Handbook (which can be downloaded for free from their website), in addition to all other safety and general information regarding boating to help keep you safe and informed. To find out more visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/safety-rules/index.html