Safety Equipment

New lifejacket laws in SA for trailer-boaters.

On December 1, 2017, South Australia introduced new lifejacket regulations in the State following extensive community consultation earlier in the year.

For vessels less than 4.8 metres in length fitted with an engine:

All persons on-board must wear a lifejacket suitable for their area of operation, at all times when underway or at anchor.

For vessels 4.8 metres to 12 metres in length:

Children aged 12 or younger must wear a lifejacket at all times when on an open area of a vessel, at all times when underway or at anchor.

Anyone over the age of 12 must wear a lifejacket when on the open deck during times of heightened risk, which include:

When operating alone
When operating after sunset or before sunrise
When the boat is disabled
When crossing an ocean bar
At times of restricted visibility
When in an area subject to a gale, storm force, hurricane force, severe thunderstorm or severe weather warning from the Bureau of Meteorology

 

Minimum safety equipment for recreational boats under 8 metres in length

Protected waters

  • one approved PFD Type 1, 2  or 3 for each person on board.
  • bucket with line attached or bilge pump / pumps to drain each compartment of the boat.
  • an anchor with cable.
  • if the boat has an engine or cooking facilities: one fire extinguisher.
  • one fire bucket, which can be the same bucket as for bailing water if that bucket is suitable as a fire bucket.
  • a vessel that is less than 6 metres in length must also be equipped with one pair of paddles or oars.
  • if the vessel is being operated between the hours of sunset and sunrise one waterproof torch or lantern.

Semi-protected waters

  • one approved PFD Type 1 for each person on board.
  • a suitable anchor with cable.
  • a bucket with line attached or bilge pump / pumps to drain each compartment of the boat.
  • if the boat has an engine or cooking facilities: one fire extinguisher.
  • one fire bucket, which can be the same bucket as for bailing water if that bucket is suitable as a  fire bucket.
  • a waterproof torch or  lantern.
  • two hand held red flares and two hand held orange smoke signals.

Unprotected waters

  • approved PFD Type 1 for each person on board.
  • a suitable anchor with cable.
  • a bucket with line attached or bilge pump / pumps to drain each compartment of the boat.
  • if the boat has an engine or cooking facilities: one fire extinguisher.
  • one fire bucket, which can be the same bucket as for bailing water if that bucket is suitable as a fire bucket.
  • a waterproof torch or lantern.
  • a two-way marine radio: must be capable of communicating with onshore stations.
  • two hand held red flares and two hand held orange smoke signals
  • four litres of fresh water.
  • a vessel that is less than 6 metres in length must also be equipped with one pair of paddles or oars or other means of auxiliary propulsion
  • a suitable compass (liquid damped magnetic, or gyroscopically controlled) affixed to the vessel  Note: this requirement is not satisfied by GPS or satellite navigation systems (or similar electronic devices) nor a hand-held compass.

Prescribed Unprotected waters

If operating more than five nautical miles from shore in Gulf of St Vincent or Spencer Gulf, or more than 3 nautical miles from shore in other waters except Lakes Alexandrina and Albert : as above, plus

  • one 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency      Position Indicating Radio Distress Beacon)
  • one V distress sheet

If operating more than 10 nautical miles from shore : all the above, plus

  • two distress rockets with parachutes
  • a map or chart of the waters in which the boat will operate

Note: while auxiliary power is no longer a legal requirement for boats longer than 6 metres, all boat operators are strongly advised to carry an auxiliary means of propulsion that is suitable for their boat, whether paddles or oars or a spare motor.