Safety equipment requirements
Recreational vessels must carry certain safety equipment.
Safety equipment table - to be carried on board
|Lifejacket Level 100 or greater||1 per person*|
|Lifejacket Level 50S or greater.||1 per person*|
|Anchor and chain/line (to suit vessel size/weight and sea floor)||1||1|
|Bailer/bucket/fire bucket with lanyard.||1||1|
|Bilge pump - Manual or power operated (vessel with covered bilge(s) or closed under-floor compartments other than airtight void spaces and must be capable of draining each compartment).||1**||1**|
|Compass (fluid filled magnetic)||1|
|Distress flare (orange smoke hand-held, in date)||2|
|Distress flare (red hand-held, in date)||2|
|Fire extinguisher (vessels with electric start, electric motors, battery, gas or fuel stoves)||1**||1**|
|Map/chart for area of operation (paper or electronic)||1|
|Paddles or oars and rowlocks (in vessels under 6 m unless a second means of propulsion is fitted)||1||1|
|Safety label (appropriate to vessel type)||1||1|
|Sound signal (air horn/whistle/bell)||1||1|
|V sheet (dimensions 1.8 x 1.2 m minimum)||1|
|Water (suitable for drinking)||2L per person|
|Waterproof torch (floating and operational)||1||1|
|EPIRB – 406 MHz (required if 2 nautical miles or more offshore). Must be in date (according to the manufacturers expiry date) and properly registered with AMSA.||1|
|Marine radio (required if 2 nautical miles or more offshore)||1|
* Lifejackets must be suitable for the intended wearer, in good condition and serviced at least every 12 months (or at longer intervals in accordance with manufacturer's instructions).
** Additional bilge pumps and fire extinguishers may be required for larger vessels.
# The exception is when using PWC, canoes and kayaks, off-the-beach sailing vessels, sailboards and kiteboards.
Modified safety equipment requirements
|Canoes/kayaks||Exempt from carrying safety equipment on all waters, but hand-held marine radio or mobile phone in waterproof pouch strongly recommended.|
Racing shells, surf rescue boats, surfboats and surf skis
|Exempt from carrying safety equipment on all waters.|
|Rowboats, dinghies, small unpowered inflatable boats||Exempt from carrying safety equipment on enclosed waters if the vessel is all of the following:
|Tenders (if operating in enclosed waters, less than 3m in length and operating within 200 m of the shore)||Exempt from carrying other safety equipment if the vessel carries a paddle or oars, a waterproof torch if operating between sunset and sunrise, a bucket/bailer or bilge pump.|
|Off the beach vessels (means an unballasted, sail-only vessel, including centreboard dinghy, windsurfer, skiff or multihull vessel, but not including a vessel with a cabin or a fixed keel)||Not required to carry safety equipment if the vessel does not have sufficient storage room.|
|Dragon boats/Outrigger canoes||For more information on safety equipment requirements please refer to Schedule 8, Part 2 of Marine Safety Regulation 2016.|
Exempt from carrying safety equipment. Also exempt from carrying a safety label, but must have a PWC behaviour label. For tow-in surfing the PWC must be equipped with: