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COVID-19 boating update

Boating in NSW during COVID-19

NSW Government Public Health Orders have been updated to ease some of the previous restrictions across NSW. View the latest information about Public Health Orders here.  

Recreational Vessels 

All recreational boating is permitted.  

  • If those onboard are members of the same household, there does not need to be four square metres of space for each person.  
  • If those onboard are not members of the same household, they should maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others, as is reasonably practicable. 

People should always remember to practice good personal hygiene.  

Commercial vessels need a COVID-19 Safety Plan

Under NSW Public Health Orders, commercial vessel operators are required to develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Recently, some of the requirements for that plan have been updated.

To simplify the process, templates exist for each business type.

  • To download the new template for Commercial Vessels, click here.
  • To see the updated Public Health Order, click here.

Onshore activities

When onshore, do not gather as more than 20 people. This applies in any public place, such as a wharf or publicly accessible vessel. 

Skippers must also remember their other safety responsibilities regarding safety equipment, alcohol consumption, keeping a proper lookout and proceeding at a safe speed. 

Further information about what you can and can’t do is available here.  

Information about boat ramps 

All boat ramps in NSW are managed by local councils, the National Parks and Wildlife Service or WaterNSW – with the exception of four ramps managed by Transport for NSW at Carrington, North Stockton, South Stockton and Port Kembla. 

Contact your local council for more information about specific boat rampsThere are no current plans to close the ramps managed by Transport for NSW.  

Reporting a breach of restrictions 

NSW Police is the relevant enforcement authority for the Public Health Orders. 

To report a breach of COVID-19 restrictions contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report via the Crime Stoppers website.  

How can we help? 

NSW Maritime is committed to working with, and supporting the people of the NSW boating community to manage the issues presented by COVID-19.  

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact us on 13 12 36 (option 2) to discuss our support options.