Call for commonsense rules
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.