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Boats moored at Rottnest Island WA

  November 2017: Take the Challenge!

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Can you gather flares, EPIRB, make a radio call and don a lifejacket in 30 seconds?

DoT has launched the new 30 Second Challenge to ensure skippers are aware of the key safety items and actions in the event of a boating emergency. The 30 second timeframe reinforces how quickly an emergency can unfold on the water.

There were 13 recreational boating fatalities in WA last year and detailed analysis of incident data highlighted that better maintenance of safety gear and improved accessibility could have limited the number of tragedies last year.

DoT Marine Safety is running events to encourage people to take the challenge and they can win a prize if they record the fastest time on the day.

Can't make an event? No problems, just attempt the challenge next time you prepare for a day on the water, it may save your life!

Why not help us spread the safety message, by uploading it to social media and sharing it with your friends.

You can visit to find out how to take the challenge then like MarineSafetyWA on Facebook to upload it.

  November 2017: Mooring changes soon


The Department of Transport (DoT) is continuing to progress the implementation of recommendations from the Mooring Regulation Streamline Review.

The changes will allow for significant improvements in the management of moorings in WA including the introduction of an opt-in short term casual use system to enhance the availability of moorings and boost usage, changes allowing DoT to provide moorings for rent and short term storage for vessel owners and a new waitlist for Mooring Control Areas (MCA) that have reached capacity such as in the Swan Canning Riverpark that will see a fairer and more equitable allocation of licensed moorings.

DoT anticipates the implementation of the amended Mooring Regulations 1998 in April 2018. Further updates will be provided and existing mooring licensees and registered mooring owners will be contacted by DoT advising them of changes as the implementation date gets closer.

For more information visit the Mooring regulation streamline review page.


  November 2017: Boating safer at Geraldton

Water Skiing

The Department of Transport (DoT) has completed the review of aquatic use of the waters of the greater Geraldton area ensuring the ongoing safe, equitable and sustainable use of this important waterway.

Key stakeholders were consulted including the Mid-West Ports, Geraldton Yacht Club and the City of Greater Geraldton. DoT also received 175 responses to an online survey targeting the boating community as part of the review process.

For more information on the Geraldton Aquatic Use Review visit the Aquatic Use Reviews page.

  November 2017: Updated boating guides

New Albany and Geraldton boating guides

Boat owners now have access to updated boating guides for both Albany and Geraldton.

The latest editions of these boating guides include updated regulations and marine safety information.

  November 2017: Rottnest convoy - sign up now

Boating at sunset

DoT encourages skippers unfamiliar with navigating the waters at Rottnest Island to consider participating in a Rottnest Convoy.

To register for the November convoy visit the Boating Industry Association of WA website.

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Join the new Marine Safety Facebook page

Join us on Facebook to be part of WA's boating community. The Marine Safety Facebook page provides information on safe navigation and safe use of State waters, marine environment protection and marine emergencies.

Facebook logo Join us on Facebook at Marine Safety WA or Marine Education Boatshed

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