Safety on the water
This section provides the rules and regulations associated with boating on NSW waterways, including the penalties for breaking the rules.
In this section...
The rules a master needs to be aware of when boating on any navigable waters.
A system of buoys, poles and lights is used to assist safe navigation.
Information about the dangers of boating at night time and the requirements for different types of vessels to display appropriate lighting.
Some areas on the water may not be suitable for all vessels, or may require special precautions and preparation before you enter them.
Information for skippers of the dangers of operating too close to large vessels. It also includes information on current distance off regulations.
When afloat, your coordination, judgement, vision, balance and reaction time can decline up to three times faster consuming alcohol.
Roads and Maritime Services has prepared a number of Codes of Conduct applicable to vessels.
New vessel types and vessel technologies are continually developed throughout the world.