This has already come up in the shoutbox but for further reading I've included the below originally from The Advertiser website. http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/life-jackets-must-be-worn-at-all-times-while-on-a-boat-in-new-state-regulations/news-story/c959ef073fab6a1c188c93be20ce6b70
DRIVERS and passengers of small boats have to wear life jackets at all times as part of a State Government bid to improve safety on the water.
Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan will today announce new regulations that make wearing life jackets mandatory for anyone on board a motorised boat shorter than 4.8m.
The regulations come into effect today, but water police will not start dishing out $160 fines until after a 12-month education campaign.
Previously, boaties did not have to wear life jackets but had to ensure there were enough on board for every passenger.
Mr Mullighan will also today announce a “Old4New life jacket upgrade” to give $20 vouchers in exchange for the handover of old, unsuitable, obsolete or damaged life jackets, with a limit of two vouchers per person.
The new laws also state that:
ON boats between 4.8m and 12m in length, children aged 12 or younger must wear a lifejacket at all times when on an open area of a vessel.
ADULTS on these larger boats must wear a lifejacket when on the open deck during times of heightened risk such as when alone, at night, when visibility is poor and when the boat is disabled.
PADDLEBOARDERS (including those on stand-up paddleboards) and surf skiers will also be required to wear life jackets when more than 400m from shore.
PASSENGERS must wear a lifejacket if and when directed by the operator of a 4.8m to 12m vessel.
“The new laws aim to reduce the chance of drownings, after 168 drownings in South Australia over the past decade, with approximately one fifth involving boating and watercraft activities,” Mr Mullighan said.
“Too many people lose their lives unnecessarily because they don’t wear life jackets and, while we don’t want to stop people enjoying themselves, we want to make sure that we’re doing what we can to reduce serious injuries and deaths out on the water.
“Already boaties are required to have enough life jackets for everyone. These new rules will make it clearer when people should be wearing them and will bring South Australia into line with other states such as Victoria and Queensland.”
There will be a maximum fine of $1250, which can be imposed by courts if the matter is serious enough to end in a court case.
The new law will also require some boat users to upgrade the quality of life jackets. The voucher system is designed to encourage boaties to replace out-of-date or inadequate jackets.
Boating Industry Association chief executive Howard Glenn welcomed the changes, which he said would improve the stock of life jackets on boats.
But he said the boating community would closely monitor the effects of the changes during the 12-month grace period.
RecFish SA executive officer Danny Simpson welcomed the grace period because significant education was needed to meet the new regulations.
“RecFish SA is supportive of all practical approaches to make boating safer for recreational fishers and their families,” he said.
“The approach being proposed to educate rather than prosecute in the first year of the transition is sensible.
“The Old4New life jacket program is an excellent approach. It means that recreational fishers and other boaters will receive financial support for upgrading old and obsolete equipment and will continue to safely enjoy their favourite pastime.”
Some nice squid have been coming from West Beach, Semaphore, Largs and east of the Black Pole. Whiting are being caught at Black Pole, Norma, Bower Road ground, Grange and bigger fish out from West Beach. Crabs are slowing but there is still a good feed to be had at the Silt grounds, Semaphore and Largs. Snapper are being caught around the shipping channel, near the John Robb, ballast ground, the Broadway and out from O'Sullivan's around the barge. Port river has plenty of salmon trout from the North Arm through to the St Kilda breakwater. Some nice bream are being caught near the North Arm wrecks, Port Adelaide sailing club and north towards the Port bridges. West Lakes has mullet, bream and some small mulloway. For the jetty and beach anglers there are still some mullet and tommies and squid off Brighton, Grange and Semaphore jetties.
Snapper are coming from Ardrossan, Port Hughes, Chinamans, Corny Point, Edithburgh, out wide from Port Broughton and north of the Orontes. Whiting have picked up at Port Hughes, Balgowan, Port Vic, Edithburgh and Stansbury. Down the bottom of the foot there are salmon and mullet. Marion Bay jetty has squid and tommies. Butlers has salmon and mullet. Squid are coming from Port Vincent, south of Ardrossan, Pine Point, Stansbury, Point Turton, Hardwick Bay, Port Vic, port Hughes and Wallaroo. Crabs are still doing well at Clinton, Ardrossan, Port Vincent, Black Point and Port Broughton.
Salmon are coming from Waitpinga and Salt Creek. Rapid Bay has squid, tommies and some garfish. Second Valley has squid and tommies. Bluff jetty has some squid. Mulloway are still coming from Salt Creek beaches and the Coorong has mullet, bream near the Mondoo Channel and small mulloway near the dredge and east towards Mundoo.
Some nice size callop are coming from Cobdogla, Big Bend, Castles Landing, Blanchetown and around Cadel.
Tight lines from The Dorsal Fin Team