Safety Equipment

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.