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Changing weather? Change your plans

Before taking the boat out during the Easter break make sure you spend a few minutes to check the weather forecast.

During this time of year the weather pattern is changing as the cooler air and stronger winds move in.

This can mean the weather is unpredictable, which is dangerous if you’re on the water.

The Bureau of Meteorology has a webpage dedicated to marine and ocean conditions in South Australia.

It gives forecasts and observations of wind, temperature and rain across the state.

Check what’s happening during the time you plan to be on the water as well as before and afterwards.

Also, if you’re not familiar with the area talk to some locals about what you can expect.

If rough weather is forecasted I recommend postponing the trip.

It’s also important to remember that forecasts can be wrong and the behaviour of every metre of water can’t be predicted.

Always prepare for the unexpected.

Please carry the necessary safety gear and take the time to make sure it’s working and up-to-date.

A personal flotation device, or life jacket, is required for everyone on the boat. Although wearing one is voluntary I strongly recommend everyone does.

Experience shows they can be the difference between an accident and a tragedy.

I hope you have an enjoyable and safe holiday period. Please take the time to check the conditions and your equipment before getting on the water.

Safe boating.

Trent Rusby
Director, Transport Safety Regulation