Boaters to check their vessels and safety equipment before heading out on Ulladulla Waters

Boaters are being urged to check their vessels and safety equipment before heading out on the water. Whether you’re fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding or water skiing this long weekend, please make sure you follow the rules to ensure a day out on the water doesn’t end in tragedy.

“We’ve seen an increase in the number of people applying for new boating licenses over the last year, so if you’re thinking of buying a second hand boat be sure to check it over properly.

“Lifejackets are the most important safety equipment on any recreational vessel. In NSW you must service inflatable lifejackets once a year or in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Remember to check them every time before you get on the water.”

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said with around two thirds of all calls to Marine Rescue relating to problems with engines, batteries and fuel, now is the time to get your vessel ready for the boating season.

“Simple things such as changing the fuel, oil and oil filter, checking the engine, gearbox and propeller; charging the battery, testing the electronics and making sure you have the required safety equipment can mean the difference between a safe and enjoyable day on the water and a potentially life threatening situation,” Mr Tannos said.

Before you go on the water, use this checklist to ensure you have the safety equipment you need for your vessel and the specific conditions.