Boating season is set to launch this long weekend and the NSW Government is urging everyone to check conditions and log your trip with Marine Rescue NSW (MRNSW) before taking to the water. Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant joined with Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos, Marine Area Commander Superintendent Mark Hutchings, and Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steve Pearce at the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command today to remind everyone to stay safe this boating season.

Mr Grant said NSW’s extensive coastline and beautiful waterways are a boaters’ paradise, but it is important to remember where there is water, there is danger. “I encourage people to get out and enjoy all that NSW waterways have to offer, but more importantly, I want everyone to return home safely,” said Mr Grant

“If you are planning to take to the seas, I cannot stress how important it is to log your trip and the time you are expected to return with Marine Rescue NSW, and ensure you have a lifejacket for everyone on board.” Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said simple steps could save lives on the water. Take the time now to carry out essential maintenance on your boat and safety equipment, including your lifejacket and marine radio.

“Check the conditions before you head out and Log On and Log Off with your local Marine Rescue NSW unit,” said Mr Tannos. “Tell us where you’re heading, how many people are on board, your contact details and when you’re due back. We’ll keep watch and if you don’t return as scheduled, we can quickly organise a search.”

Superintendent Mark Hutchings, Marine Area Commander said everyone has an obligation to keep our waterways safe including skippers and passengers by ensuring they adhere to rules and regulations.”When it comes to alcohol, the rules apply on the water as they do on the road, meaning if you are in control of a vessel you need to keep under the 0.05 legal limit,” Supt Hutchings said.

“Dangerous or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and police will be ensuring everyone can enjoy the waterways this boating season.”Bureau of Meteorology Acting NSW Severe Weather Manager Gabrielle Woodhouse said the outlook for the rest of this is year is for generally warmer and drier conditions than average, which normally draws people to our beaches and waterways.

“People need to carefully check the weather before they head to the water, but they also need to keep checking it because conditions can change quickly,” said Ms Woodhouse. “Just because the weather is nice, doesn’t mean the water is nice too. Hazardous conditions aren’t always the ones that look the worst.” For more information on how you can log your next boating trip with Marine Rescue NSW