Skippers told to check gear
Skippers in the Pilbara are being told to check their vessel before each trip and ensure their safety gear is in good working order.
The Department of Transport’s Marine Safety Education trailer will be at FeNaClNG on August 5, so local skippers can take part in the Old4New lifejacket upgrade.
DoT safety and education manager Laurie Adams said the Old4New program was opportunity for old, damaged, obsolete or foam-filled life jackets to be exchanged for a voucher for use at a local retail outlet when buying a new life jacket.
“It is a hugely successful program and this year has seen more than 800 unsafe lifejackets taken off boats in WA,” he said.
Mr Adams said skippers could also get updates and tips on safe boating and access the latest DoT boating guides and other free publications from the Marine Safety Education Trailer as it tours the North West.