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Pelican Waters QLD - Boating and Fishing
Water sports
Queensland’s waterways are shared by all types of boats used for water sports.

Maritime Safety Queensland’s website has further information.

Non-motorised craft
Such as sail boats, windsurfers, canoes, kayaks, surf skis and kite surfs are classified as boats and must follow marine safety rules and regulations.

The owner/driver of the boat is responsible for the safety of others and has a general safety obligation to:
  • make sure the boat is safe and is capable of towing skiers
  • take all the right safety equipment for the skiers and passengers
operate the boat as safely as possible and check the area is safe for skiing by noting the depth of water, width to make turns safely and any hazards.

Water skiing -
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Sail boats and sail boards

Sail boats and boards are propelled by the wind, requiring special skills to control direction and speed.

When learning to sail, choose a quiet area away from anchored boats and activity. To practice, it is essential to wear protective clothing and for safety an appropriate PFD.

Like all other boat users, sailors have a responsibility to take all action to avoid a collision and should follow the rules.

Rowing is popular on Queensland waterways.

Like canoes and kayaks, rowing boats are difficult to see and can be swamped easily.

As a general rule, keep the starboard side close to the shore of busy rivers.

An all-round white flashing light is highly recommended between sunset and sunrise.

All boats engaged in training or competition rowing activities on the Brisbane River must be fitted with an all-round white flashing light if they are on the water before sunrise or after sunset.

Canoes, kayaks and Surf Skis
Canoes and kayaks create little or no noise and have a small profile on the water, often making them difficult to see, and they often appear stationary.

It is essential to be seen all the time as speedboats and larger boats can create wash capable of capsizing the boat.

Travel close to banks to avoid high traffic areas.

Where possible travel in a group, keep the group together and adopt a one/all stop attitude.

PFDs are recommended.

Kitesurfing is a relatively new sport in Queensland.

It involves a surfboard with 30 metres of line attached to a kite. The kite acts as a sail and propels the rider through the water. The kites have air pockets built in, so they don’t sink when landing.

Kitesurfs work best in windy conditions and reach speeds up to 30 knots.

Sailing rules apply to kitesurfers and other boats should give them a wide berth.

If a kitesurfer drops the kite, other boats should travel upwind of the surfer and the
kite to avoid becoming tangled in the line.

Kitesurfers should steer clear of power lines, trees and navigation beacons and should stay at least 30 metres from other swimmers and boats.

Kitesurfing is a highly skilled watersport and training is highly recommended.

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