Going boating these holidays?

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Before heading out on the water these holidays make sure that you have complied with the General Safety Obligation outlined in the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994.

It places a general safety obligation on all vessel owners and operators, masters and crew to operate vessels safely at all times.

This includes making sure the ship is:

  • Safe;
  • Properly equipped and maintained;
  • Operated in a safe manner.

Some tips to be a responsible skipper include the following:

  • Check the boat is in good condition;
  • Ensure that you have all the required safety equipment on board. Checking that all the safety equipment is in good condition and easily accessible – in case of an emergency.  Also make sure that everybody on board knows where the safety equipment is stored;
  • Make sure that you let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return;
  • Make sure that you have the correct marine licence and that you and your crew are comfortable handling the boat for where you are going;
  • Familiarise yourself with the marine radio, which channels to use and when;
  • Check the weather before you head out;
  • Ensure that you have enough water and fuel for the trip;
  • Limit alcohol consumption – the effects of waves, wind and weather multiply the effects of alcohol. Many boating accidents and fatalities involve alcohol;
  • Know the rules of the sea and make sure that you follow them;
  • Wear your life jackets – like any safety measure it will only save you if it is used.

For further information visit the Maritime Safety Queensland.

 
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