Many experienced mariners know that Queensland has some of the most notorious bar crossings.
With an average of 100 vessels coming too grief on Queensland’s bars per year, and an average of 4 deaths per year in the last 10 years, gaining experience in your own boat crossing bars, or gaining experience crossing bars in others boats is a learning tool and an on job experience that comes with no dollar value.
MB Marine Training has designed a course suited for all bar crossings and will be conducting 1-on-1 courses or group courses that are not offered anywhere else in this region.
General safety obligation
The Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 imposes a general safety obligation on all vessel owners and operators, masters and crew to operate vessels safely at all times.
This responsibility includes making sure the ship is:
- Properly equipped and maintained
- Operated in a safe manner
The general safety obligation prohibits a vessel from going to sea if it is not properly built and maintained, equipped, crewed and operated in line with its proposed operating environment.
Be a responsible skipper, before you head out on the water follow these simple tips:
- Check that your boat is in good condition.
- Check that you have all the required safety equipment on board. Ensure all safety equipment is in good condition and easily accessible, in case of an emergency. Make sure everybody on board knows where the safety equipment is stored.
- Report your trip. Let someone know where you are going, how many people are on board and when you intend to return.
- Have the right marine licence. Make sure you and your crew know how to handle the boat for where you are going.
- Know how to use your marine radio, which channels to use and when.
- Check the weather before you go out.
- Make sure you have enough water and fuel for the whole trip.
- Go easy on the drink - waves, wind and weather multiply the effects of alcohol. Far too many boating fatalities involve alcohol.
- Know the rules of the sea-road, and follow them.
- Lifejacket - wear it! If it’s not on, it can’t save you.
Which means if your crossing a local bar, and if you are not experienced, it should be in your best interests to join in and gain everything you need to know when it comes to bar crossings.
Contact Matt now to find out more.
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For more information call Matt on 0488 020 855 or email us using the form below.