Emergencies happen quickly on the water, so it’s vitally important to the safety of all on board to ensure easy access to safety equipment.
Under the current legislation, a life jacket – also known as personal flotation devices (PFDs) must be worn:
- by people under 12 years when travelling in an open boat less than 4.8 metres in length if the boat is required to be equipped with PFDs
- by all people travelling on an open boat less than 4.8 metres in length when the boat is crossing a designated coastal bar if the boat is required to be equipped with PFDs
- all people travelling on a personal watercraft (or, jet ski).
New Life Jacket Stowage Rules For Boaties
Recent safety equipment checks by Maritime Safety Queensland compliance officers found some boaties have better access to their fishing tackle and eskies than to their life jackets and other safety gear.
Maritime Safety Queensland General Manager Patrick Quirk urged boaties to remember new rules came in from January 1 this year that require owners and masters of vessels to make sure they tell each person on board where all the safety equipment is kept and how to get to it in a hurry.
Don’t get caught out. This could possibly save your life.