THOSE planning to enjoy South Australian waters this summer have been urged to take precautions.
The State Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has urged boat users to be safe when they hit the water this year.
DPTI transport safety regulation director Trent Rusby said there were things people could do to avoid risks and hazards in unpowered vessels.
“Plan your trip to take advantage of favourable wind, flow and tides for the return leg of the day trip when you’re likely to be tired,” he said.
Whether in a powered or unpowered vessel, Mr Rusby said the most important precaution involved wearing a lifejacket.
“Wearing a lifejacket at all times is essential when you are in a canoe, kayak, sailboard or similar unpowered vessel, kite surfing, operating a personal watercraft or even skiing behind a vessel,” he said.
Mr Rusby said it was also important for boat users to remember that the skipper was responsible for the safety of all passengers and that it was illegal to go boating with a blood alcohol level higher than 0.05 or under the influence of drugs.