Call for com­mon­sense rules

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion -

SOME wa­ter­sport groups may sup­port more life­jack­ets and per­sonal flota­tion de­vices (PFDS) in cer­tain cir­cum­stances.

They op­pose any ad­verse im­po­si­tion on their mem­bers from the Depart­ment of Trans­port review of wa­ter safety rules.

“For some­one go­ing out for an af­ter­noon cruise in a 60-foot power boat, it re­ally doesn't make sense,' Royal Perth Yacht Club gen­eral man­ager Stu­art Wal­ton said.

He said what made sense was en­sur­ing those boat­ing or fish­ing alone, or in small groups, and the el­derly who did not have the strength to get back in a cap­sized tin­nie, should wear life­jack­ets.

Kitesurfers vol­un­teered two years ago to wear PFDS be­yond 400m from shore to bring them in line with rules for wind­surfers and also sup­ported WA adopt­ing in­ter­na­tional life­jacket stan­dards.

How­ever, WA Kitesurf­ing As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Drew Nor­ton said widen­ing a life­jacket rule could be fought.

Rec­fish­west chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Row­land said it did not sup­port a “blan­ket” rule for life­jack­ets but sup­ported im­proved safety.

Review work­shops will be held at Man­durah Off­shore Fish­ing and Sail­ing Club, June 13 and Whit­fords Vol­un­teer Sea Res­cue Group, June 22 at 3pm.

Rules that are two years old say kitesurfers should wear PFDS be­yond 400m off­shore.

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