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.

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

Can I go boating?

Yes. The State Government has identified boating as one of the non-contact recreational activities that is now allowed, with up to 20 people for boating and fishing as long as the four square metre per person rule is accounted for on the vessel. Please view the WA State Government's directions on gatherings and social distancing

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

Yes. As recreational activities, kiteboarding, windsurfing, kayaking or paddling is allowed, as long as you observe the four square metre per person and social distancing guidelines are noted. Please view the WA State Government's directions on gatherings and social distancing.

If I go boating what do I need to remember?

If boating with other people (up to 20) that you do not reside with, ensure the four square metre per person rule is accounted for on the vessel.  Use hand sanitiser where there is any contact with shared surfaces and where possible maintain social distancing. If you are boating alone, please ensure you tell someone where you are going, check the weather and conditions and wear a lifejacket.

Should I do anything different at the launch ramp?

Please wait your turn at the ramp and ensure you practise social distancing and maintain personal hygiene at all times.

Are there restrictions on where I can go boating?

Skippers should be aware of the current notices to mariners. There are also restrictions preventing vessels crossing regional boundaries.

Can I go to Rottnest?

There are restrictions for access to Rottnest Island and the surrounding waters.  

Restricted and supervised access to the exclusion zone off Rottnest Island to retrieve crayfish pots will be granted to recreational fishers. This is to retrieve equipment only and disembarking on the island is strictly prohibited. 

Recreational fishers wishing to retrieve cray pots must register with Rottnest Island Authority to arrange ranger supervision by contacting 9372 9788 or

Do regional travel restrictions apply to boats?

Yes, please refer to the current regional boundaries and restrictions for more information.

Can I do maintenance on my boat at a marina?

Check with marina staff at the facility before going.

Are DoT maritime facilities open?


Will there be a pause on boat registrations?

No. We are continuing to process recreational boat registrations.

Can charter vessels operate?

Charter vessels are now permitted to operate with a maximum of 20 people as long as they ensure there is enough space to accommodate four square metres per person and social distancing and good hygiene measures are exercised. Please view the WA State Government's closure and restriction directions.

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.


Page last updated: Mon May 18 2020 5:20:19 PM