Safe boating for life

We know that COVID restrictions will see more South Australians holidaying at home during school holidays and long weekends this summer boating season.

We also know that this could mean you haven’t been out in the boat for a while and may need a refresher on the “how to” and “what if” of boating.

Whether you are checking out a new spot to catch a few, taking the family for a sea or river cruise, or jumping in for a day of skiing with mates, please always remember – maintain your boat, check and know where your safety equipment is and wear the correct lifejacket.

Before you head out on the water, check these safety tips off your list:

  • Keep your boat safe and ready to go with regular checks and servicing
  • Make sure everyone wears the correct lifejacket
  • Always check the weather before and during boating
  • Pack the right safety equipment and make sure it is in good condition
  • Know the limits of your boat
  • Let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back
  • Stick to a safe speed when you’re out on the water

How’s your boat?

Boat owners and skippers must make sure their boat is seaworthy and passengers are kept safe.

Check it, service it, fix it. Get safe before you get on the water.

How’s your lifejacket?

Know to check the condition of your lifejacket.

Look for wear and tear.

Ensure any cylinder or cartridge is hand tight.

Make sure the pull cord is ready for use.

Check and service your inflatable lifejacket regularly and keep it in a safe condition.

Look after it and it will look after you.


Heading out with your boat? Remember that weather can change quickly.

Check the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) weather before you go, while you’re out on the water and before you head home.

Know you’ll be safe on the water.

Boating safety equipment

Do you know where your safety equipment is?

Lifejackets. Flares. EPIRB. Radio.

Could you locate them all in under 30 seconds?

Be ready for an emergency.

Get safe before you get on the water.

Take a 30 second challenge to see!

Which lifejacket?

Know which lifejacket you need for your favourite boating activity.

This depends on your water vessel type and size, your age and what area of water you are operating in.

See which lifejacket is right for you.

Flares expire

Flares must be carried in boats operating in semi-protected and unprotected waters.

They are used to indicate that help is needed and show your boat’s location to a search vessel.

Be aware: Flares expire.

Be prepared: Know how to use a flare.

Be safe. Be seen.

Speed and restrictions

Be aware of boating speed limits and restrictions where you’re planning your day out on the water, especially on the river.

Keep a look out for signs.

Know the limits. Know your limits.

Be an oil slick buster

If you see or experience an oil spill or marine pollution while out on the water, make sure you report it.