Merimbula to host on water training for boating safety officers

21 MAY 2015

The Merimbula community may notice an increased presence of people on personal watercraft today when five Roads and Maritime Services Boating Safety Officers (BSO) arrive for training.

Maritime Director Angus Mitchell said the five BSOs who are usually based in and around the Murray River would carry out advanced practical training using personal watercraft today and Friday.

“BSOs patrol waterways throughout NSW using a variety of watercraft such as rigid inflatable vessels, conventional patrol boats and personal watercraft such as jetskis which are more suitable for narrow and shallow waterways ,” Mr Mitchell said.

“The training will involve practical components to test operations on flat water for a Murray River environment as well as in a surf zone such as at a coastal bar crossing.

“BSOs provide education and advice to boaters as well as enforcement when required and it is important they carry out regular training in the use of equipment,” Mr Mitchell said.

In NSW there are more than 219,000 recreational vessels along with more than 11,000 personal watercraft which are registered to be used offshore and in lakes, rivers and inland dams.

For more information on boating safety as well as personal watercraft licensing and registration visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/licence/boat-pwc/index.html

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999

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