Tasmania
Australia
Tasmania
40°S
145°W
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Recreational Vessel Registrations
Recreati...
Recreational boating was previously administered by
five Marine Boards around the State.
Marine and Safety Tasmania was fo...
 To look at and analyse coronial records back to
1987.
 Survey all registered boat owners and clubs
 52.5% response rat...
 The traditional recreational boater was male (94%)
and over 40 (75%).
 The main reason for boating was fishing
 Did no...
The results mirrored the recreational boating survey:
This was confirmed by a national study carried out
by Dr Peter O’Con...
 Five drown from one boat in deplorable conditions
 Older style 14’6” fibreglass boat
 Gale warning had been issued
 L...
 Coroners Report July 2000
 It be made mandatory for crew in a
boat to be wearing an approved
flotation device or life j...
 Government decides in November 2000
 Media embrace announcement
 Regulatory Impact Statement not required
 No public ...
 The “average” boater needed to be reached –
which was the majority of stakeholders
 $10.00 safety levy for improved ser...
Sample of
Safety Kit
Information
 Life Jackets alone were not the answer
 Specific need to relate to and engage the boater
in all aspects of boating
 80...
Schools
Workplace
Community
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Structural Integrity of Older Boats
 Log book
requiring
20 hours
or
 Practical
Training
 Before
• After
 Boaters are keen to learn
 Improved safety gear on boats
 Voluntary carriage of non-mandatory safety gear eg:
EPIRBS, ...
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Figure at left
shows pre- and
post-law
drowning
Mandatory PFD
wear for
vessels under 6
metres took
effect on 1
January 2...
 Other safety initiatives must be implemented to
make boaters safe and interested
 Educate and Legislate
 Communication...
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Motor <6m Sail <6m Inflatable Sail >6m Motor >6m PWC
%ofboaters
Safety awareness 2002-2007 ( by boat t...
 Complacency
 Servicing of Inflatable
Life Jackets
 Maintain safety culture
with new initiatives
 Communication and
ho...
Use of Lifejackets in
other Australian
States
New South Wales
• Under 12 yrs on a vessel
less than 4.8 metres at all
times...
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Peter Hopkins, Manager Recreational Boating was invited to represent Marine and Safety Tasmania at the recent Canadian Safe Boating Symposium in Montreal.

This is a copy of his presentation to presented to delegates on the 25th of September 2010.

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The Tasmanian Experience

  1. 1. Tasmania Australia
  2. 2. Tasmania 40°S 145°W
  3. 3. 0 10000 20000 30000 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Recreational Vessel Registrations Recreational Boat Ownership
  4. 4. Recreational boating was previously administered by five Marine Boards around the State. Marine and Safety Tasmania was formed in 1997 by the Government. Coronial records - 46 Fatalities between 1987-1999. Recreational Boating Safety Review was commissioned in 1999 by the Tasmanian Government.
  5. 5.  To look at and analyse coronial records back to 1987.  Survey all registered boat owners and clubs  52.5% response rate - or over 8,000 –returned  Recommendations made including:  education  Life Jackets not to be made compulsory  Recommendations made prior to another Coronial enquiry.
  6. 6.  The traditional recreational boater was male (94%) and over 40 (75%).  The main reason for boating was fishing  Did not belong to a club.  Owned a boat 3-6 meters in length (80%).  Went boating 11-20 times per year within two miles of the shore or in the lakes.  Over 40% of those surveyed indicated they had been in a situation that had given them some concern for their safety.
  7. 7. The results mirrored the recreational boating survey: This was confirmed by a national study carried out by Dr Peter O’Connor.
  8. 8.  Five drown from one boat in deplorable conditions  Older style 14’6” fibreglass boat  Gale warning had been issued  Lee shore  Not wearing life jackets  Opening of cray season  Boat over loaded with pots, nets, gear and crew  Front page photo in daily papers of 5 bodies on rocks ◦
  9. 9.  Coroners Report July 2000  It be made mandatory for crew in a boat to be wearing an approved flotation device or life jacket  This one incident was the catalyst to change boating in Tasmania to what we know today.
  10. 10.  Government decides in November 2000  Media embrace announcement  Regulatory Impact Statement not required  No public consultation  January 1 2001 change implemented  To legislate or educate?  Why 6 metres?
  11. 11.  The “average” boater needed to be reached – which was the majority of stakeholders  $10.00 safety levy for improved services to be added to Registration fees  Increased enforcement required  Safety Kit posted including safe boating information and capacity labels
  12. 12. Sample of Safety Kit Information
  13. 13.  Life Jackets alone were not the answer  Specific need to relate to and engage the boater in all aspects of boating  80% are non-club members  Involve Dealers and Chandleries
  14. 14. Schools Workplace Community
  15. 15. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 Newspaper Internet TV AM/FMradio MASTphoneservice MarineRadio Otherphone WeatherFax Other 2000 2002 2007 Obtaining Weather Forecasts
  16. 16. 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 4000 00:00:00 02:00:00 04:00:00 06:00:00 08:00:00 10:00:00 12:00:00 14:00:00 16:00:00 18:00:00 20:00:00 22:00:00 Calls Received
  17. 17. Structural Integrity of Older Boats
  18. 18.  Log book requiring 20 hours or  Practical Training
  19. 19.  Before • After
  20. 20.  Boaters are keen to learn  Improved safety gear on boats  Voluntary carriage of non-mandatory safety gear eg: EPIRBS, Flares  Better facilities have enabled boaters to reach different destinations  Boating is growing
  21. 21. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 0 5000 10000 15000 20000 25000 30000 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Boat registrations Drownings Linear (Boat registrations) Linear (Drownings)
  22. 22. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 0 10000 20000 30000 40000 50000 60000 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Licences Drownings Linear (Licences) Linear (Drownings)
  23. 23. Figure at left shows pre- and post-law drowning Mandatory PFD wear for vessels under 6 metres took effect on 1 January 2001
  24. 24.  Other safety initiatives must be implemented to make boaters safe and interested  Educate and Legislate  Communication and how to deliver  Give boater back something tangible  Gain respect from the boater  These will help build a safety culture
  25. 25. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Motor <6m Sail <6m Inflatable Sail >6m Motor >6m PWC %ofboaters Safety awareness 2002-2007 ( by boat type ) Much more safety conscious A little more safety conscious About the same Becoming complacent Not as safety conscious Unsure
  26. 26.  Complacency  Servicing of Inflatable Life Jackets  Maintain safety culture with new initiatives  Communication and how to deliver
  27. 27. Use of Lifejackets in other Australian States New South Wales • Under 12 yrs on a vessel less than 4.8 metres at all times • On a vessel less than 8 metres nd in the open area of a vessel when underway • Heightened risk in all vessels – determined by skipper Queensland • All occupants of open vessels less than 4.8m while navigating coastal bars; • All children under 12 years of age in an open vessel that is underway and less than 4.8m in length; • All occupants of a personal watercraft (PWC); and when being towed Victoria • All people <4.8m; off the beach yachts • Times of heightened risk between 4.8m -12m – barways, night operation; solo operation South Australia • Not required to be worn but must have aboard. • Some situations on Canoes/Kayaks Western Australia • Not required to be worn but must have aboard
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