COVID-19: Updates on Department of Transport services

Recreational boating advice

Find out about the WA Government's directions regarding recreational boating during COVID-19.

The Perth and Peel restrictions ended as planned at 12:01am Sunday 14 February. Find out about the transition out of lockdown on WA.gov.au.

We know you love to get out on the water. If you're one of the Stateís 100,000 recreational boat owners, or simply enjoy the Stateís waterways using other craft, find out what you need to know from our frequently asked questions below.

Can I go boating?

Yes, recreational boating is allowed throughout WA without passenger limits (other than the loading capacity of a vessel) or regional border restrictions.

When boating you need to practise physical distancing, maintain good personal hygiene and use hand sanitiser where there is contact with shared surfaces.

Safety should be your priority so remember to tell someone where you are going, check the weather conditions and wear a lifejacket.

Get the Deckee boating app for up to date information about boating throughout WA.

Can I go kiteboarding, windsurfing, kayaking or take out my paddle craft?

Yes, kiteboarding, windsurfing, kayaking and paddling are allowed. Remember to practise physical distancing and maintain good personal hygiene.

If I go out boating what do I need to remember?

To keep yourself and others safe, always maintain appropriate physical distancing and practise good personal hygiene.

Itís also important to tell someone where you are going, remember to check the weather conditions and wear a lifejacket.

Should I do anything different at the launch ramp?

Be courteous at the ramp, practise physical distancing, maintain good personal hygiene at all times and use hand sanitiser where there is contact with shared surfaces. Do the same on your return to the ramp when retrieving your boat from the water.

What are the rules for charter boats?

On commercial vessels (charter boats and tourism operators) and boats used for the purposes of transport (ferries) everyone should observe physical distancing and practise good personal hygiene. Additional hygiene requirements (increased cleaning of shared services) are also in place for commercial vessels.

A two square metre per person limit also applies only to commercial vessels being used for the dominant purpose of serving or consuming food or drink.

Contact registers in the physical, written form or via the SafeWA app remain mandatory on charter boats and commercial vessels used for party and tourism purposes to assist with contact tracing if required in the future.

Do regional travel restrictions apply to boats?

Yes. However, no regional travel restrictions are currently in place meaning recreational and commercial vessels are free to travel between regions throughout WA.

Visit WA.gov.au for the latest updates.

Can I go to Rottnest Island in my boat?

Yes, travel to Rottnest Island and its surrounding waters is not currently restricted. Visit the Rottnest Island website for more information.

Can I do maintenance on my boat at a marina?

Check with staff at the facility before going. If you go, maintain appropriate physical distancing and practise good personal hygiene. When required use the SafeWA app or enter your contact details on the visitor register.

Are DoT maritime facilities open?

Yes. However, in line with Government advice, you will need to maintain physical distancing, practise good personal hygiene and use the SafeWA app or enter your contact details on the visitor register.

 

Translating and interpreting

Translation and interpreter services are available for DoT customers. For further information about COVID in languages other than English, visit COVID-19 coronavirus: Advice in other languages.

Visit www.wa.gov.au for more information about the arrangements for the transition out of lockdown expected to end on 14 February 2021.

 

Page last updated: Mon Feb 15 2021 8:09:20 AM