NSW Maritime has introduced new regulations, applicable from 1 November 2010. There are now more situations when sailors, boaters and users of other watercraft are required to wear lifejackets. In this case, it’s not over-regulating, more like commonsense.
Read about the Lifejacket Reforms and then implement them on your boat. And sailors in NSW should note that these regulations are additional to those already in force.
In the first 12 months, NSW Maritime will issue warnings for first offences relating to the new regulations. But repeat offenders may be issued with fines.
Over the Christmas break you can expect to see Maritime staff checking that vessels are carrying the required safety equipment. But they will also be on the lookout for skippers boating under the influence (BUI).