Safer boating with rules
THE loss of a number lives on Queensland waters last year is a grim reminder to recreational and commercial boaties to keep a proper lookout and be ready for emergencies at all times.
Coast Guard Caloundra said there is an increased risk of boating mishaps as more people head for the water.
The skipper is responsible for ensuring everyone on board knows where the life jackets are located and how to put them on in a hurry.
But don’t wait until it’s too late – it’s common sense to put on your life jackets before you need them.
Whenever you think there is a heightened risk such as crossing a bar, worsening weather or when you’re in a busy boating lane make sure everyone, especially the kids, are wearing a life jacket.
Always wear a life jacket at night or when boating alone.
Boat skippers should slow down immediately bad weather, glare, darkness or anything else that impairs their vision and be prepared for the worst.
Before you head out tell your local volunteer Coast Guard where you are going and when and where you’re due back. Boaties should make sure they know their navigation rules.
Never assume the skipper of another boat will observe the rules and always be prepared to take action to avoid a collision.
Skippers should also remember the same under .05 rule for drink driving applies on the water as on the road.
A MUST: Life jackets are standard safety gear.