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Preparing to go on the water

As the skipper, you're responsible for safety of the vessel and people on board. Be prepared to keep everyone safe and enjoy time on the water.

Checking the weather

Weather conditions on NSW waterways can change quickly, especially on open waters. Check forecasts before you go out and while you're on the water.

Loading your vessel

Here's how to load and board your vessel safely – for all vessel types, waters and weather conditions.

Maintaining your vessel

Before you go on the water, make sure your vessel and equipment are in good working order. If anything needs fixing or replacing, do it before you go.

Safety equipment checklist

Before you go on the water, use our checklists to ensure you have the safety equipment you need for your vessel and the specific conditions.
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