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Enjoy winter boating with care

Easter traditionally signals the unofficial end to the boating season in South Australia.

We see less and less vessels on the water before the warmer temperatures return.

However, winter can offer some of the best weather to get on the water, provided the necessary cautions are taken. The weather can be calmer and more predictable.

During summer the highs that move over South Australia generate south westerly winds that spring up in the afternoon.

In winter if it’s calm in the morning it’s often the case that it will stay this way the whole day.

So, you don’t necessarily have to keep the boat in storage during the next few months.

If you choose to go out make sure you have the necessary safety equipment. The cooler conditions will mean you may have even less time if something goes wrong.

Personal flotation devices for all passengers are a must and I strongly suggest you wear them at all times.

A list of the other equipment you need is here.

It is also a good time to get your boat serviced so you can rely on your motor when it’s needed.

Finally, our safety officers will continue to patrol the waters, so if you have any questions please feel free to approach them.

Safe boating.

Trent Rusby
Director, Transport Safety Regulation