Alcohol & Drugs
When it comes to alcohol and drugs, the rules that apply on our roads are similar on the waterways.
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.
View a fact sheet on Alcohol & Drugs on the waterwaysDownload 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
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