Boaters should be prepared to learn about the safety of the boats they are going on, and how to handle the risk of falling off them, the Federal Government’s boat safety course has advised.
Boat Safety: The Basics has been published to coincide with the fifth annual Triton Safety Awareness Week.
It was written by the Government’s Australian Maritime Safety Advisory Committee, which is headed by a former chief inspector of the Department of Fisheries and Fisheries’ Maritime Safety Branch, Andrew Gaughan.
Mr Gaugham said the safety course was designed to help people understand what is expected of them on their boats, and to help them avoid potentially dangerous situations.
“If we want to be safe, we need to understand the safety implications of what we’re doing,” Mr Gaughamp said.
“I think that’s the biggest thing that people are missing out on is the fact that the risk is so low.”
It’s very unlikely you could fall off a boat and hurt your legs or any of the other things that people experience when they fall overboard.
“That’s one of the reasons why you want to have the safety education in the first place.”
Mr Gahigham said boat operators were being taught to understand how to react when they encountered situations that were likely to cause them to fall off their boats.
“You have to be aware of what you are doing, because if you’re not aware of that, you could actually get hurt,” he said.”[In] a situation where the boat is coming to a stop, and you have a small bump in the water, and then suddenly you see the boat comes to a halt, that’s when you need to think about what’s going on.”
And then you need some safety advice because that is where you’ll get the most help.”‘
Don’t go overboard’Boaters will need to know how to identify signs of distress, such as an engine or propeller being pushed overboard, and whether they are being pulled by the wind or a boat being lifted.
The course also outlines the difference between a boat that is being pulled on a tug, and a boat on a regular boat, and what to do if they fall.”
If you’re a big boat and you’re pulled by a tug on a normal boat, it’s very hard to fall overboard.” “
The bigger the boat, the bigger the risk.
If you’re a big boat and you’re pulled by a tug on a normal boat, it’s very hard to fall overboard.”
“If you’re pulling a boat, don’t go down the ladder, you can go down into the engine bay, but don’t use that ladder.
You can’t do that.”
Mr Foy also said the course would be particularly helpful for those who had never been in a boat before.
“There are a lot of people who have never done it before and it’s a really good course,” he noted.
“We’re hoping that we can use that to teach people that it’s not something that’s necessarily something that you do in the course of the day.”
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