Skippers urged to be responsible this EasterThe State’s leading marine safety authority wants skippers heading out on the water to be responsible and remember the basics this Easter.
The State’s leading marine safety authority wants skippers heading out on the water to be responsible and remember the basics this Easter.
Department of Transport (DoT) Coordinator of Safety Education Laurie Adams said Easter was a busy time for boating as skippers in the south launch their vessel one last time before winter and those in the north of the State mark the opening of the new boating season.
“It is important to reinforce that the skipper is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of their passengers and their vessel as well as the impact of their actions on other users of the waterway,” Mr Adams said.
“A responsible skipper will begin any voyage by making it clear to those on board that they are in charge and follow set safety procedures before, during and following the voyage.
"Responsible skippers are positive, competent people, helpful to others on the water and acknowledge waterways are to be shared.”
Tips for a responsible skipper:
- Check the weather and tides, visit the new Meteye service provided by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) and remember if you’re in doubt about any of the conditions, don’t go.
- Tell someone where you plan to go and when you intend to return. If your plans change, let them know.
- Make sure the vessel is suitable and capable of making the trip.
- Carry all necessary supplies such as fuel, food and water in case of an emergency.
- Study a chart or local boating guide of the waters you intend cruising.
- Check all safety equipment is in date, operational and in easy reach.
- Let everyone know what safety equipment is carried, where it is stored and how it works.
- Check, and double check, the vessel is not overloaded.
- Check the marine radio works and log on with the local sea rescue group.
- Maintain boat stability by centrally loading the boat.
- Make sure you and your crew can handle the boat properly.
- Be sure lifejackets fit all passengers properly and are in easy reach – they should be worn at all times in bad weather, when boating alone, if a person is a weak swimmer or is uncomfortable.
- Complete a final check of basic mechanics. Has there been regular maintenance, particularly on the steering gear?
For more information about safe boating people can visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine
“Importantly it is the responsibility of the skipper to report a marine incident involving an accident or injury to DoT as soon as possible," Mr Adams said.
"Remember this Easter, if you’re the skipper, you’re responsible."
Media contact: Bronwyn Hillman 0408 098 220
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