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Extra focus on knowledge of safe boating rules

Recreational boaters in NSW should refresh their knowledge of boating rules as part of a statewide operation which started last week. Roads and Maritime Services Director Maritime Angus Mitchell said Operation Boat Safe: Take Care – Be Aware would run until sundown on Sunday 13 March. “Boating safety is a responsibility shared by all water users and the boating rules and regulations provide a framework for the safe movement of vessels on NSW waterways,” Mr Mitchell said. “Boating Safety Officers and Boating Education Officers around the state will be engaging with boaters on the water, at clubs and at boat launching sites such as boat ramps to help reinforce essential safe boating knowledge. “There are more than 504,500 boat licence holders for personal watercraft and general boating use in NSW – an increase of 2.3 per cent since January last year. “There are also more than 241,900 registered vessels which means knowledge of boating rules is paramount. “Whether you are a new or an experienced skipper, the NSW Boating Handbook provides practical information on the NSW boating rules for anyone using our waterways, including boat driving licence and safety equipment requirements to help avoid penalties for on-water breaches. “It is essential reading for anyone learning to navigate a vessel, including craft that don’t require registration such as canoes, kayaks and sailing dinghies and should be kept on hand as a reference. “It is also a good way for experienced boaters to keep up to date with any changes to the rules and is informative for interstate or overseas visitors who want to navigate NSW waterways. The Boating Handbook is available online to download, view or print and hard copies are also available at service centres. To access and view other boating safety information visit at