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Join us at the
Boating Safety Zone
at the 2016 Sydney
International Boat Show
Our partners will be on hand to answer
all your questions and provide you with
the latest information on safe boating.
You can find us in Hall 1, located on
For more info: sydneyboatshow.com.au
DPI MARINE RESCUE BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY RMS AUSTRALIAN MARITIME COLLEGE
PADDLE NSW SURF LIFESAVING NSW ASSOCIATION OF MARITIME TRAINERS SERVICE NSW
The advent of the colder months is a timely reminder
of the dangers that cold water immersion and
hypothermia pose to the boating public.
Alpine waters pose a greater risk than in the warmer
months, as the water temperature is still less than 10
degrees at this time of year in many parts of the State,
including the Murray River and inland dams.
Skippers need to be aware that what appears to be a
calm, clear and mild day, can easily mask dangerously
low water temperatures.
A sudden or unexpected water immersion that results
in cold-water shock or hypothermia can be lethal.
The elderly, children, the unfit or unwell, or people
experiencing trauma from an impact are especially
The single most effective method of combating
the risk of unexpected cold water immersion and
increasing the chances of survival is by ensuring that
each passenger wears a lifejacket, especially in small
Lifejackets must be worn in craft under 4.8m on
alpine waters and people can choose from a Level
50s, 50 or 100+ model. It means boaters can select
any Standards-compliant lifejacket, but they should
do so according to their body shape, ability and water
Of course, inflatable lifejackets offer substantial gains
in wearability but they require extra care and service.
Inflatable lifejackets must be serviced annually, or at a
service interval that the manufacturer stipulates.
A skipper should perform a boating safety check
before embarking on any voyage. A safety check
including items such as sufficient fuel, first aid kit,
fresh water, adequate clothing, and keeping an eye on
weather conditions (particularly important in colder
conditions). Such precautions can help ensure a safe
and enjoyable time on the water for all. Remember,
wear a lifejacket.......don’t risk your life.
Further information is available at Hypothermia
Cold Water Kills. <http://www.rms.nsw.gov.
The mobile Old4New lifejacket upgrade program has
finished for the 2015-16 year. Since it started, the
team have engaged 12,065 people at 408 site visits,
assisted 16,440 lifejacket upgrades and covered more
than 75,000 kms.
More details at Old4New lifejacket upgrade.
Old4New program in action. A customer trades
in their old lifejacket.
Waterways Safety –
COLD WEATHER BOATING
Transport for NSW is proud to once again be supporting
the 49th Sydney International Boat Show
Since commencing in 1968, the Sydney International
Boat Show has played host to over three million
visitors. This year there will be more than 220
exhibitors across two venues, with more than 145
boats on the purpose-built marina and more than
700 boats in the halls.
Over a thousand boats with a combined value of
more than $200 million will adorn the exhibition
halls of the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island
and the Cockle Bay Marina for the duration of the
show which runs from the 28 July to the 1 August
Transport for NSW has worked with the Boating
Industry Association to once again prepare a
Boating Safety Zone where you can find a number
of key water safety partners all together. The Zone
is the place to go if you have any queries about
boating safety or to simply find out more about
water safety from one of the safety partners such
as: the Department of Primary Industries - Fisheries,
Marine Rescue NSW, Bureau of Meteorology, Roads
and Maritime Services, Australian Maritime College,
Paddle NSW, Surf Lifesaving NSW, the Association of
Maritime Trainers and Service NSW.
More details at
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