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  May 2019: 30 Second Challenge - are you ready for an emergency?

30 second challenge logo
30 second challenge logo

Before heading out on the water skippers and passengers should take the 30 Second Challenge to measure readiness for an emergency on board.

Visit the What safety equipment do I need? page to take the challenge.

  May 2019: Check your mooring

As winter approaches vessel owners should check the condition of their mooring.

Severe weather can have costly consequences for vessels on moorings that have been poorly maintained so take the time before the winter storms arrive to ensure yours is in good order.

  May 2019: Upgrade your lifejacket with Old4New and drop off your old flares or EPIRB

If you want to save some money upgrading your lifejacket take advantage of the upcoming Old4New opportunities at boat ramps and community events where you can also get the latest lifejacket information and advice on maintenance.
 
You can also properly dispose of your out -of -date flares or EPIRBs at the events:
 
The next events are:
 
Date Location Time Flare/EPIRB collection
16 July 2019 Coral Bay Boat Ramp, Coral Bay* 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Yes
18 July 2019 Marina Boat Ramp, Madaffari Dr, Exmouth* 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Yes
19 July 2019 Onslow Boat Ramp, Beadon Creek Rd, Onslow* 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Yes
21 July 2019 Port Hedland Boat Ramp, Port Hedland* 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Yes
27 July 2019 Broome Community Markets, Broome* 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Yes
27 July 2019 Point Peron Boat Ramp 9:00 am - 10:00 am Yes
28 July 2019 Town Boat Ramp, Broome* 9:00 am - 10:00 am Yes
3-4 Aug 2019 FENACING Festival, Bulgarra Oval, Karratha* 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Yes
18 Aug 2019 Leeuwin Boat Ramp, East Fremantle 9:00 am - 10:00 am Yes
28-29 Aug 2019 Dowerin Machinery Filed Days, Dowerin* 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Yes
21-22 Sept 2019 Perth International Boat Show, Elizabeth Quay 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Yes

* Voucher only events

Guidelines apply and numbers are limited. 

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For more information visit the Lifejackets page.

  May 2019: Need to be seen: vessel registration sticker and number

Man placing boat rego sticker on boat
Man placing boat rego sticker on boat

Skippers are being reminded to properly display their vessel registration sticker and number. DoT produces a Vessel Registration brochure, providing information about the type of vessels that need to be registered and details on the type, size, colour and placement of the registration number and sticker.

Current registration of a vessel provides authorities with up-to-date information about the vessel and the associated fees contribute to boating infrastructure improvements and other services to assist skippers including navigation aids, safety education and compliance patrols

Find out about the vessel registration via the Boat registration section. 

  May 2019: Are your flares in date?

Check the expiry date on your flares
Check the expiry date on your flares

Skippers are reminded that distress flares must be in date!

Skippers wanting more information about where out-of-date flares can be disposed of safely please visit the Flares page for locations provided by DoT or visit the WasteNet website for household hazardous waste disposal facilities operated by local councils.

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  May 2019: What happens if I activate my beacon accidentally?

Donít panic! Switch it off immediately and contact Australian Maritime Safety Authority un 1800 641 792. There is no penalty for accidental activation.

Read more about storing your beacon on the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) website.

External Link Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA): Beacons

  May 2019: South Metropolitan Boating Guide update

South metro guide
South metro guide

If you regularly go boating south of Perth you need to be aware that the Closed Waters - Motorised Vessels area south of the Port Coogee Marina has been increased in size.

Please check the South Metropolitan Boating Guide below. For more guides visit the Boating guides section.

MAC_G_Boating_South_Metro.pdf icon South Metropolitan boating guide Kb

  May 2019: Donít forget to keep a lookout when on the water

Lookout when on the water
Lookout when on the water

When boating, danger can come from different directions, so maintaining a proper lookout is crucial to boating safely.

Visit the Lookout when on the water section to find out more or check out the YouTube video by NSW Maritime below.

 

External Link Keep a Proper Lookout: YouTube video by NSW Maritime

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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.

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