Know five steps to prepare for a safe summer

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Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) is reminding boaters and paddlers to “know the five” when they plan to hit the water this summer with the launch of its annual Safe Boating Campaign.

Shaun Rodenburg, director of maritime safety, expects activity to increase again this summer as boaters and paddlers enjoy freedoms following COVID-19 restrictions.

“We urge boaters to check that everything is working as it should and to ensure that their safety equipment is up to par before they hit the water.”

“Unfortunately, in the last fiscal year (2020-2021) we recorded 10 deaths from pleasure craft incidents,” said Rodenburg.

He said that with the increase in incidents, anyone heading to Victoria’s waterways should follow five tips to prepare for survival:

  • Know the weather
  • Train to recover
  • Wear a distress beacon
  • Lock in a twinning plan
  • Wear a life jacket.

Mr. Rodenburg said it is especially important to practice getting back on his ship.

“Boaters and paddlers usually remember to check the weather and wear a life jacket, but many injuries and – sadly – fatalities occur when they get out on their own, cannot ascend and are unable to ring the bell. ‘alarm. “

River risks

Whether you’re on coastal or inland waters, it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected and always plan ahead. Coastal water conditions can change quickly with weather and currents, and caution is important, especially around bars.

While there may be a perception that inland waters tend to be safer, it is especially crucial to be aware of flowing water – which usually occurs after periods of rain. Not only is the current strong, but moving rapids can hide snags and other dangers.

Expect the unexpected

“I want to remind all boaters and paddlers that no matter their level of experience, things can still happen out of their control,” said Cameron Toy, director of transportation safety.

“TSV is committed to addressing these behavioral risks through our annual campaign, which is designed to promote better behavior which, in turn, helps reduce incidents and fatalities. “

The Prepare to Survive campaign emphasizes the importance of preparing for the trip, so that if something happens on the water, boaters have the best chance of survival.

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