Boating is an extremely popular activity in and around Australian coastal waterways. There are 2.7 million coastal boaters in Australia, of which 700,000 are frequent participants. An estimated 18% of Australians go boating each year, with the majority from Queensland, Tasmania, and New South Wales.
Recreational boating is consistently the second highest coastal drowning activity nationally (following swimming & wading). Between 2004-19, more than half (53%) of all coastal boating drowning deaths were known not to be wearing a lifejacket. Lifejackets clearly positively impact the outcome of boating incidents yet are rarely worn as recommended. Currently, legislation is state-based and varies according to each state.
Before you go boating it’s important that you STOP. LOOK. PLAN
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