Boating safety

Find out about safety equipment for your boat, such as anchors, bailers or bilge pumps, emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs), flares, fire extinguishers, radios and lifejackets.

Safety Equipment Review - have your say now

The Department is conducting a review of the safety equipment required for recreational vessels. Find out more by visiting the Safety equipment review page or take the opportunity to participate by completing the online survey now.

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What safety equipment do I need?

What you need to know about safety equipment before hitting the water, including what you must have on board, how to use it, how to stow it and how to keep it maintained. Print out the safety equipment checklist to display on your vessel.

Go to What safety equipment do I need?


Find out about anchors including how to choose the right anchor, selecting a site to anchor and retrieving the anchor. Anchor rules and regulations are also provided here.

Go to Anchors

Bailer or bilge pump

What you need to know about bailer or bilge pumps. All vessels must carry some form of bilge pump or bailing equipment.

Go to Bailer or bilge pump

Boating safety campaigns

Find out about the recreational boating safety campaigns run by the Department of Transport.

Select from the following:

Go to Boating safety campaigns

Distress beacons

Distress beacons are devices that when activated in a life threatening situation assists rescue authorities by providing the approximate location of the beacon. Lives are saved each year because responsible skippers carry distress beacons.

Go to Distress beacons

Disturbing marine animals and habitat

Find out how you can protect our marine animals and their Western Australian habitats.

Go to Disturbing marine animals and habitat

Fire extinguishers

Find out if you are required to carry a fire extinguisher, the different types available and inspection and servicing information.

Go to Fire extinguishers


All vessels operating outside protected waters must carry flares. The type you need depends on how far offshore you travel.

Go to Flares

GPS validation markers

Find out what Western Australia's GPS validation markers look like, how to use them and where they are located via coordinates list and interactive map.

Go to GPS validation markers


Find out about lifejackets including the types available, who must carry them, when to wear them and how to choose and maintain them. This section also contains a list of other approved lifejackets.

Go to Lifejackets

Lights required on boats

Find out about navigation lights including range of visibility, placement and optional lights. You can also determine what lighting is needed for power vessels and sailing vessels.

Go to Lights required on boats

Loading, stability and buoyancy

Find out about loading and buoyancy here, including the types of flotation, Australian Builders Plate, overloading and tips to ensure stability.

Go to Loading, stability and buoyancy

Marine radios

Find out about the types of marine radios, who must carry one, licensing requirements, rules and operating hints and making distress calls.

Go to Marine radios

Navigation markers and buoys

Find out about navigation aids including the types of marks, Cardinal marks, leads, lights and the Coming in, Going out rule. You can also read about upgrades to the Swan Rivers navigational aids.

Go to Navigation markers and buoys

Safety equipment review

The Department is conducting a review of the safety equipment required for recreational vessels. Here you will find details of the review and have the opportunity to participate.

Go to Safety equipment review
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Page last updated: Tue Sep 19 2017 9:46:46 AM