Boat users should plan ahead for Australia Day

Waters users have been warned to be prepared for Australia Day. Image Shutterstock.
Waters users have been warned to be prepared for Australia Day. Image Shutterstock.

The Department of Transport has advised water users to be prepared and plan ahead to ensure their safety this Australia Day.

Boat users are encouraged to complete a full safety check of their vessel and equipment before leaving home.

Department of Transport southern regional director Sue Lannin said Australia Day was always busy on the water and it was important for skippers be responsible and aware of any water closures or restrictions.

“Skippers need to prepare by doing a B.E.S.T check to ensure their Boat, Equipment, Safety equipment and Trailer are all in good working order,” she said.

She said skippers needed to ensure their vessel had working navigation lights, enough lifejackets for all on board, up-to-date flares and an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon.,  

“Skippers are responsible for their passengers at all times and should be familiar with the capacity of their boat and any restrictions in place on the day,” she said.

“We want everyone to have fun on the water Australia Day, skippers need to take care, be courteous and ensure all their equipment is working, ensuring all water users stay safe and enjoy the day.”

For more information about the BEST safety check visit transport.wa.gov.au/BEST