AS the warmer months draw closer, boat owners have been reminded to play it safe on the water.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward reminded people to have common sense when on the water during an inspection of a NSW Marine Rescue vessel in Kiama last week.
‘‘As we come into the warmer periods when more and more people will be on the water I urge everybody to use their common sense to make sure everybody stays safe,’’ Mr Ward said.
‘‘We do have great people who make up the Marine Rescue Service and do great work in keeping people safe and enforcing boating laws, but people should still make sure they’re looking out for their own safety.’’
Marine Rescue Service boating safety officer Deon Voyer said that some simple decisions can go a long way to keeping skippers and their passengers safe.
‘‘The most obvious thing is to wear a life jacket, people should view it like wearing a seatbelt in a car, it should be something you do all the time, the new generations of jackets are hardly noticeable when you have them on,’’ he said.
‘‘The other thing is to plan your trip and make sure you’re taking notice of what the weather is doing, there are some many variables on the water and the weather can change almost instantly, these days there’s a number of apps and different things that can give you an idea of conditions and people should always log on and off with Marine Rescue.’’