Top Boating and Marine Safety Tips

Summer is the perfect season to head out and explore beautiful waterways of Brisbane.  Whether its exploring the Brisbane River – the city’s main arterial,  or going further field into the blue expanses of Moreton Bay, boating is in our opinion, one of the most unique and memorable ways to enjoy the relaxed Queensland lifestyle and experience its stunning natural beauty.

Any boating expedition requires adherence to safety responsibilities from the skipper and passengers to help ensure each trip is a success. In today’s article the team here at Holt Marine would like to share with you some of the most important safety tips when enjoying our local waterways this summer.

Lifejackets

In the unlikely event that you will have to abandon ship (boat), lifejackets for every passenger on board the vessel are essential to prevent drowning while waiting to be rescued. It’s important that lifejackets are maintained in good condition so they provide adequate flotation.

Check local weather and conditions

It is important to be aware of forecasted conditions when planning a trip out on the water. Queensland is often affected by severe weather particularly from November to April, which can make heading out on the water dangerous. Depending on the vessel, rough conditions can mean having to reschedule a planned boating trip. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has regular up to date weather conditions including conditions on the waterways.

Check engines, fuel levels, and other safety equipment

Checking your craft before any boating expedition is essential to make sure you are well prepared and equipped for anything that may not go according to plan. This means making sure the motor is running like it is supposed to, you have sufficient fuel for the journey and your other safety equipment such as flares and spotlights are operating properly. Extra food and water on board the vessel is always recommended, should you be out on the waterways for longer than intended.

Communicate with others

Letting others know where exactly you are going and how long you plan to be out on the water is also an important element of marine safety. Notifying authorities through the vessels marine radio system is also wise as you can register your boat’s whereabouts and check in with the authorities once you have returned.

Other boating safety tips

•    Always operate boat at a safe speed. Some waterways have speed limits and these need to be adhered to.
•    Stay alert to changing conditions and potential risks such as decreasing visibility and always use lights at night
•    The skipper must maintain a blood alcohol limit of less than 0.05 – the same as drivers on the roads
•    Always exercise caution when crossing sand bars and know your limits and experience level. If in doubt – don’t!

That’s it from the team here at Holt Marine. We hope you’ve learned some important safety considerations to make when planning your next boating trip out on Brisbane’s beautiful waterways. For boating accessories to make your journey a success, or if your vessel is in need of a servicing or engine inspection, please get in touch with the team at Holt Marine. Call us today on (07) 3353 1928, or visit our showroom located at 25 Queens Road, Everton Hills.

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