Safety At Sea

Kiters and Windsurfers are required to carry safety equipment in accordance with the WA marine laws. Ensure safety equipment is in good working condition and is easily accessible.
Within protected waters (except Lake Argyle) or within 400 metres of the shore in unprotected waters, no safety equipment is required.
Between 400 metres and 2 nautical miles from shore in unprotected waters a lifejacket and an in date inshore distress flare kit or a registered EPIRB/personal locator beacon (PLB) must be carried.
Between 2 and 5 nautical miles a lifejacket and an in date registered EPIRB/PLB must be carried.
Over 5 nautical miles a lifejacket and an in date offshore distress flare kit and an in date registered EPIRB/PLB must be carried.
Familiarise yourself in the operation of safety equipment.
Identify the safety equipment items that have an expiry date and record them on a Department of Transport
Don’t Expire sticker. Safety gear with an expiry date and/or maintenance date, include flares, EPIRBs/PLBs and inflatable life jackets.

For the latest information, please check the DOT Marine safety page:

Safety advice

  • Always check your equipment prior to going out.
  • Use equipment suitable for the conditions.
  • Always wear an approved personal flotation device (PFD) beyond 400m from shore.
  • Carry a signalling device, such as a flare.
  • Have a way of communicating emergencies.
  • Always use a safety release system.
  • Rehearse equipment failure using the safety release system.

Life Jackets:

It is a requirement that lifejackets are worn when operating more than 400m offshore in unprotected waters. This lifejacket can be a level 50S or higher.
It is strongly recommended that an approved lifejacket is worn at all times when kiteboarding or windsurfing.
If using inflatable lifejackets, it is recommended that they be serviced regularly in accordance with manufacturers advice.
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