Along with all the fun these school holidays, it’s also a time to remember safety first when out and about on our waterways.
Redland Bay Base Radio Officer, John Josefski has some advice for holiday goers on how to be water smart and what to keep in mind before venturing out on our bay.
“Make sure you know you’ve got either the beacon to beacon maps or charts to know precisely where the mud banks are because there’s always a lot of mud banks out here,” Mr Josefski explains.
“Understand what the weather is like beforehand and look at the weather report we put up on the weekend. It tells you what the tides are like, what the wind speed is and if it’s going to rain.”
“Usually a few people get out on the water and find that all of a sudden there is a big weather change and then they’re in trouble!” Mr Josefski says.
Following the basic safety precautions such as wearing your life jacket and making sure radio batteries are charged is just the first step to keeping safe on the bay.
Redland Bay Marine Rescue is running a RACQ Marine Assist program which entitles locals two free tows if they break down.
“So you can pay $60 a year and then you can get two free tows back to base if you should break down,” Mr Josefski explains.
“We had someone the other day that broke down, they didn’t sign up to the program and it cost him around $150 to return back to base. So it’s important to sign up.”
“In general, the most important things to remember is to log in so we know where you are at all times, keep your safety equipment on you and check that your mechanical gear is working,” Mr Josefski says.
To find out more information on the safety precautions these holidays and how to sign up for RACQ Marine Assist, visit the Redland Bay Rescue website.
Check out your local weather report too before heading out on the bay and stay safe on the water!