Boating this Summer

With Christmas and the end of the year festivities approaching fast, it is important to remind ourselves to be safe on the water when you are out boating this summer.

Things like checking your safety equipment, license and registration, as some of you may not have done in quite some time, are easily overlooked. Although it sounds silly, many people are fined each year for expired registrations in Australian waters. Have a look here to see what the guidelines of the Queensland Government are.

Also remember that as the Skipper, you are responsible for your crew and it is your job to make sure that everyone is safe and behaving in a responsible manner on the water.

There is a legal blood alcohol limit of 0.5 for the Skipper at all times and penalties do apply if caught drink driving, some penalties including loss of boat license & car license and large fines, so for what it’s worth, be safe this summer.

Responsible boating is crucial and guidelines to follow can be found here.

If you need to get your boat or jet ski license, or acquire the knowledge required to apply, click here.

Another quick tip if you haven’t used your boat or jet ski for some time is to simply start it and run it the night before to see if any issues arise prior to lining up at your local boat ramp and possibly getting into a sticky situation. Common things are stale fuel, flat batteries and blocked fuel filters etc so if you are having difficulties with your boat you could book a service here or your jet ski here.

Queensland Government boating safety information can be found here and provides comprehensive information about all you need to know when you are planning on a day out with your vessel.

Have a safe summer, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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