Recreational vessel operators
If you participate in recreational boating in Victoria, you and the vessel(s) you operate are required to comply with the relevant marine safety laws.
- Always dial 000 in an emergency
- If an incident has occurred but you are not in immediate danger, report it to Victoria Police on 1800 135 729
Preparation is the key to ensuring that your voyage runs smoothly. This section contains important information provided to help keep you, your crew and others safe on the water.
What you need to do to prepare for your trip, including the safety equipment you are required to carry and how to use it; how to access and understand the marine weather forecast and local waterway rules; and tips on seasonal vessel maintenance.
All persons participating in the operation of a recreational or hire and drive vessel (as a master, operator and crew, or passenger), and those being towed, are responsible for their individual and collective safety, and the safety of those in the vicinity of the vessel. Understand your safety duties.
Operating rules, such as speed and distance rules, alcohol and drug laws, steering and sailing rules (particularly around big ships, marine wildlife and in transit zones) and operating in conditions of heightened risk.
What to do in an emergency
Reporting an incident
Your legal responsibilities in terms of reporting marine incidents and accidents.