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Alcohol & Drugs

When it comes to alcohol and drugs, the rules that apply on our roads are similar on the waterways.

NSW Police Boat

This means that if you are in control of a vessel you need to keep under the legal limits – just as you are when driving a vehicle.

This Safer People issue means that the skipper or master of a vessel must keep under 0.05 whilst underway. By law a ‘vessel’ includes canoes and kayaks, through to sailing craft of all shapes and sizes, and all powered vessels – which includes personal watercraft.

Fact Sheet

View a fact sheet on Alcohol & Drugs on the waterways

Download the fact sheet

Excess alcohol was one of the major causes of fatal incidents on NSW waterways over the past 10 years.

Boating is a social activity to enjoy with family and friends, so go easy and observe the legal limits.

Download the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017

Download the Boating incidents in NSW Statistical report for the 10-year period ended 30 June 2016

View the NSW Pollice Force media announcement - 10 October 2017.

For more information on Alcohol & Drugs see our FAQs.