Every accident or incident is unique but all occur due to a series of events, circumstances or failures. Following our preparation advice will help ensure you come home safely from your trip.
How to prepare for a trip
- Ensure your vessel is well maintained
- Check you are carrying the required safety equipment
- Know the state and local waterway rules
Our Prepare to Survive campaign explains how boaters and paddlers can complete five key steps:
- Know the weather
- Practise getting back on
- Carry a distress beacon
- Lock in a buddy plan
- Wear a lifejacket
Our Boating Vic website and app helps you check boat ramp conditions before leaving home.
The Skipper's Manual is a guide to keep on your boat – available in English, Vietnamese and Simplified Chinese.
Printing out and filling in our 'pre-trip checklist' is a great way to make sure you haven't forgotten to do anything before you leave shore. You can download it here as a PDF or accessible Word document:
In this video, Andrew and Nick from Australian fishing show 'Hook, Line & Sinker' explain how good preparation gives the master of a vessel the best opportunity to make good decisions on the water.