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Boating, fishing and staying safe on the water

For many of us, summer means getting out on the water for some fishing and boating. These safety tips will help to keep it fun for everyone.

Child fishing in a boat

Whether out on the bay, open ocean, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and lagoons or water catchments – make sure you stay safe this summer.

Check the VicEmergency app for warnings and alerts before travelling, and download the Boating Vic app for iOS or the Boating Vic app for android to plan a safe and enjoyable trip.

Ensure your vessel is in good working order and check the weather and ramp conditions before you leave home.

To stay COVIDSafe, prepare a list of ramps to use, in case your favourite is too crowded. Stay in your car until ready to launch your boat.

Stay 1.5 metres apart from others and wear a mask if you can’t.

Prepare to survive before you head out on the water.

Learn the five best ways to stay safe in a boat, kayak or canoe:

  • Know the weather
  • Practise getting back on
  • Carry a distress beacon
  • Lock in a buddy plan
  • Wear a lifejacket.

When you arrive, read safety signs and observe the conditions before entering the water. Ask locals or park rangers for advice if you’re unsure.

Water safety information for multicultural communities is available.

Don’t go out on the water if you feel unwell. Get tested as quickly as possible and isolate until you get a negative result.