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Safety equipment for recreational boats

Having the right safety equipment on your boat and knowing how to use it is essential—it will save your life in an emergency.

What safety equipment do I need?

There are 3 types of safety equipment for recreational boats: 

  • compulsory equipment for all boats operating in certain areas 
  • compulsory equipment for all registrable boats 
  • other equipment that it's recommended you carry to meet your general safety obligation

The safety equipment you're required to carry depends on the size of your boat, whether it needs to be registered and where you're operating.

The list of safety equipment for recreational ships shows the minimum safety equipment required for recreational boats.

It is strongly recommended that non-registrable boats carry the appropriate safety equipment for the area they operate in, in case there is an emergency. You need to prepare for the unexpected.

Maintaining your safety equipment

Some safety equipment includes parts that can deteriorate over time. This lowers their usefulness or makes them unusable. The following safety equipment must be replaced or serviced by the manufacturer (or an authorised agent) by the expiry date, which must be clearly marked on the equipment: 

Equipment that cannot be serviced or no longer works must be replaced.

Last updated
08 December 2014