Queensland has a long coastline. So, it is needless to say that marine activities are a part and parcel of the people living there. Activities, such as cruising, water skiing and wave jumping, are just some of the ways to ensure a fun time at the sea in a private watercraft. Safety is of utmost importance in any water sport. But, one must be aware of his or her responsibilities while engaging in such activities.
Things to know for enjoying water activities in Queensland with watercraft
The owner as well as the person who is in of operating the watercraft has a responsibility and obligation towards its proper safety and good working condition. The general safety obligation does not allow a vessel to go the sea if it is not adequately constructed and maintained, staffed and conducted according to its working condition. In order to run a private watercraft an individual should possess recreational maritime driver licence, a boat and jetski licence in Brisbane as well as commercial marine licence. Otherwise, he can also have a certified person on the boat that is capable of taking over control in case of any unforeseen circumstances.
A skier must be towed by a licensed operator, and it should be done under the supervision of an observer who is above twelve years of age and is capable of keeping an eye on the skier. An unlicensed driver who is under supervision is prohibited for carrying any passengers except the supervising jetski licence holder. When the unlicensed driver is driving the boat, the supervising licence holder should be wearing the kill switch safety cord. Registration is compulsory for each and every private watercraft. The need for safety equipment depends on the water where one is riding. The waters may be smooth, partially smooth or beyond partially smooth. In case of smooth waters, the safety equipment and devices required to be carried on the vessel are lifejacket and signaling device, such as torch or lantern. Along with the aforementioned equipment some more devices, such as flares, anchor, drinking water, chart, compass and handheld navigation devices, are required to be carried when the waters are not smooth.
There are certain protocols to be adhered. If one is traveling at a speed higher than ten knots, then a distance of thirty meters must be maintained from other moving vessels, unless one is participating in some marine event. The safe speed is decided after taking into consideration the density of traffic. One must keep a distance of sixty meters from the people in the water, shore, anchored boats, jetties, pontoons as well as boundary of any bathing reserve. Exception to the aforementioned rule applies if the watercraft is used for towing or waterskiing.