Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Play It Safe on SEQ lakes and dams this Summer

Play it Safe on Queensland's dams and lakes

16 December, 2018 –

Whether you’re in a boat, on a kayak or a jet ski, obey the signs, be aware of the weather and those around you. We want everyone to have an enjoyable time and return home safely.

Summer is the busiest time for dams and lakes across the South East Queensland region, with particularly large crowds during the Christmas and New Year break.

Whether you’re in a boat, on a kayak or a jet ski, obey the signs, be aware of the weather and those around you, and take care.

We want everyone to have an enjoyable time and return home safely.

Play it safe tips for this summer –

  • Checked the weather? If in doubt, don’t go out.
    Weather conditions can change quickly, be aware of your day, plan before you go and check BoM during the summer.
  • Don’t sink through drink. Under .05 applies on the water.
    Don’t put your life or others at risk by operating a boat or jet ski while affected by alcohol or other drugs.
  • Heading out on the water? Don’t forget your lifejacket.
    Lifejackets are a vital piece of safety equipment on your boat or personal watercraft (PWC). Think of them like your seat belt on the water.
  • Boating or jet skiing? Obey speed and distance rules.
    For safety reasons, there are speed and distance rules in place when travelling on the water that visitors need to obey.
  • Towing a mate? Make sure you have an observer over 13 years old.
    You must carry an observer (who is 13 years or more) on board the boat or PWC that is towing someone else.

Seqwater rangers and compliance officers will be working with the Queensland Police Service and other agencies such as Maritime Safety Queensland and Queensland Boating and Fisheries to enforce safe and responsible behaviour on and off the water.