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RECREATIONAL BOATING

Essential Paddling Safety Items

Carriage of Safety Gear on Light Weight Craft

Equipment

Required

Smooth

Waters

Sheltered

Waters

Coastal

Waters

PFDAlready in LegislationAlready in LegislationAlready in Legislation
White Strobe Light or all round light with 360o visibilityMandatory

(at night)

Mandatory

(at night)

Mandatory

(at night)

Tethering Device when more than 200m offshoreMandatoryMandatoryMandatory
EPIRB or PLB Mandatory
VHF – handheldMandatory
Bailer or Bilge in craft unless hull permanently enclosedMandatoryMandatoryMandatory
CompassMandatory
FlaresRecommended if undertaking a passage paddleMandatory

If a lightweight craft is travelling with a powered support vessel or three lightweight craft are travelling together in waters other than sheltered waters, the carriage of flares, EPIRB/PLB and VHF radio (the equipment) may be reduced to carriage of the equipment by one of every three lightweight crafts if the lightweight crafts remain within 50 metres of the craft or vessel carrying the equipment.

A person on a lightweight craft is exempt from wearing a PFD (Life Jacket) when the sole purpose of operating the lightweight craft is to ride the crest of a wave in a *surf zone towards the shoreline.

*surf zone means the area between the outermost breakers and the shore.

If a lightweight craft is travelling with a powered support vessel or three lightweight craft are travelling together in waters other than sheltered waters, the carriage of flares, EPIRB/PLB and VHF radio (the equipment) may be reduced to carriage of the equipment by one of every three lightweight crafts if the lightweight crafts remain within 50 metres of the craft or vessel carrying the equipment.

A person on a lightweight craft is exempt from wearing a PFD (Life Jacket) when the sole purpose of operating the lightweight craft is to ride the crest of a wave in a *surf zone towards the shoreline.

*surf zone means the area between the outermost breakers and the shore.














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