Boating is meant to be enjoyable and no one wants their trip spoilt by incidents or accidents.
The information in this section is provided to help keep you and your passengers safe when you are out on the water and ensure the safety of those around you.
You must know how to safely handle your vessel in all situations, including launching and retrieving, when anchoring and when refuelling. You must also understand the maximum load your vessel can safely carry.
Buoyage and navigation
You must understand the operating rules, such as speed and distance restrictions, alcohol and drug laws, steering and sailing rules (particularly around big ships, marine wildlife and in transit zones and shipping channels) and operating in conditions of heightened risk.
Finally, you must know what to do in an emergency.
Penalties for non-compliance
Of course, in the case of serious safety offences, court action or cancellation of your marine licence can also occur. As a responsible vessel operator, you should follow the rules outlined in the Boating Safety Handbook.