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News & Media

  • January 15, 2016


Skippers of all experience levels are reminded to review boating safety rules before heading out on the water, as the fourth statewide boating safety campaign starts this weekend.

Acting Roads and Maritime Director Maritime Hendrik Clasie said Operation Boatsafe: Remember the Rules would start tomorrow and continue until sundown on Sunday 24 January.

“Since 1 July last year, 121 reported boating incidents occurred across NSW waters, with 24 incidents last month,” Mr Clasie said.

“Boaters with all levels of experience can be involved in incidents with tragic consequences. Just last week on the mid north coast a young person was seriously injured when the tube he was being towed on collided with an anchored vessel.

“Not keeping to a safe speed or maintaining a proper lookout can have serious consequences - so no matter how recently you obtained your boating licence – now is the time to review the rules that govern your time on the water and know your responsibilities as a skipper,” Mr Clasie said.

“With 449,576 boat licence holders in NSW of varying experience levels, knowing the rules could mean the difference between a safe, fun day out and potential fines or injury.”

Boating Education Officers will carry out a major education effort from tomorrow until next Friday 22 January including updates to legislation, safety advice and tips on self-education.

Operation Boatsafe: Remember the Rules will focus on issues including lifejacket compliance, wash and towing, distance requirements, navigating safely and the laws relating to personal watercraft behaviour and alcohol consumption while operating a boat.

“From Saturday 24 January, Boating Safety Officers (BSOs) will start compliance, carrying out random inspections of vessels across the coast and inland waterways to ensure compliance with current safety rules.”

BSOs will patrol waterways in Forster, Taree Area, Wallis and Smiths Lake, Wallamba River in the north, Port Stephens and Myall River on the Hunter Coast, the Georges River and Botany Bay in Sydney and from Eden to Wonboyn and Moama to Echuca in the state's south.

“Even the most experienced skippers should refresh their knowledge of NSW boating law and ensure safety equipment is up to standard.”

For more information on skipper responsibilities and boating safety, visit


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