With school holidays 2 weeks away, we can expect an increase in tourist beach-goers, while local junior anglers and swimmers will also take advantage of time off school for plenty of fun in the sun. With this in mind, remember to play it safe on all waterways during the school holiday period.
The Noosa, Maroochy, Mooloolaba and Caloundra waterways are always crowded with all types of water craft and swimmers during the school holidays. So be cautious and take extra care by considering a few of the safe boating regulations:
Like they say in scouts – be prepared. Now is the time to be checking over your boat for safety and maintenance. Leaving things to the last minute can often mean not getting out on the water when you had planned. For instance – charge your marine batteries well before your trip just in case they need replacing.
The following is a pre-trip checklist of items needing to be operating soundly before you can safely take your boat on the water: bungs, safety equipment (oars, pfd's, anchor and anchor rope, first aid kit, water and sun protection. EPIRBS, flares, batteries and even lifejackets have expiry dates – so be sure to have them checked over or serviced prior. Obviously if your boat has been out of action or dry docked for more than a few months – make sure your outboard is serviced and running well.
On the day, whether you are staying in the river or heading offshore, have a pre-departure plan to make sure you are prepared for whatever the weather has to offer.
With these rules in mind and consideration of our fellow boaties and recreational anglers – everyone should have a relaxing and enjoyable time on our beautiful waterways! The team at Swan Boat Hire will be on deck throughout the Summer School Holidays to offer fishing tips, local information and supply all your tackle needs.
Maritime Safety officers will be on patrol all school holidays to assist boaties with safety and promote an awareness of the rules on the water.
Tyson Watkins was fishing from twin waters off the bank when he caught this 39.5cm sand whiting.