Tip 11: Adhere to marine regulations
SLSQ services rescued 32 people in December 2019 and January 2020 after they came into difficulty whilst on a motorised boat or jet ski.
Sunshine Coast Regional Operations Manager Aaron Purchase said it is important to ensure you have the necessary safety equipment before heading out on the water.
“During the festive period we usually see an increase in incidents involving boats and jet skis,” he said.
“Lifesavers and lifeguards are often called upon to respond to vessels that may be capsized, broken down or missing.
“It is really important for all skippers to ensure they are carrying the necessary safety equipment on board their vessel.”
“We want everyone to have a fun and safe time, so before hitting the water make sure you check the wind, surf and weather forecast.”
All skippers are reminded to ensure they have the correct lifejackets on board and ensure all people on their vessel are aware of their location.
Operators are encouraged to ensure they have all necessary safety equipment on board as outlined by Maritime Safety Queensland.
SLSQ reminds everyone to maintain 1.5 metres social distancing when visiting beaches this summer.
“She’ll be right, won’t save your life.” Be a legend not a hero this summer by swimming between the red and yellow flags.