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Boating Western Australia (BWA) is a non-profit association, established for the promotion and development of safe, economic and enjoyable recreational boating throughout Western Australia.

It was established by ordinary boaters to assist with the needs of those interested in boating so that they may have a central body to represent them in matters of common interest, social contact and the broadening of further knowledge about boating and associated issues.
BoatingWA is committed to represent your views.

Membership is available to all those who enjoy recreational boating.

The Swan Yacht ClubBunbury Yacht Club and Fremantle Sailing Club are affiliate member clubs.


Boating is Back – as long as we are all Covid Careful!!

Best Regards and Safe Boating

Boating Western Australia 

Recreational Boating Advice – COVID -19

We know you love to get out on the water. If you’re one of the State’s 100,000 recreational boat owners, or simply enjoy the State’s waterways using other craft, find out what you need to know from our frequently asked questions [READMORE]


Could it be any better?

BoatingWA has established a regular meeting with Rottnest CEO Jason Banks to investigate issues and facilities.

To make Rottnest more enjoyable for boaters

We want your concerns to discuss and resolve with the Rottnest Island Authority

To put forward your suggestion to bring your issues to notice email:


Rottnest Island


Here are some simple rules to follow ensure the protection of the mooring apparatus for all of us to enjoy. “Treat it as if you owned it”. They are: if you’re part of the Shared Mooring System (SMS), then use only moorings with in your colour code disc to avoid undue stress on the mooring, even if you are only going to be ‘5 minutes’. Clearly display your name and contact number on the port side of your vessel and ensure that you are available on your mobile – should the Owner arrive. Never attach stern first.

Use both pickup lines at all times. Secure your tenders and any additional vessels alongside. Report any mooring damage to the rangers immediately. [READMORE]


Garden Island

Welcome to Garden Island BrochureDOWNLOAD

Garden Island (HMAS Stirling) is controlled by the Dept. of Defence, there is limited public access from sunrise to sunset to the island. The downloadable brochure gives the environmental guidelines for visitors to Garden Island.

The moorings in Pig Trough and Herring Bays are not public moorings are are controlled by the Garden Island Fishing and Aquatic Association (Inc.)[READMORE]


Recreational vessel safety equipment requirements are changing

Following a five-year review of safety equipment requirements in WA, stronger, simpler laws are being introduced to keep people safe on the water.



Changes to boost safety on the Swan Canning Riverpark

A reduced speed limit on Perth Water near Elizabeth Quay, realignment and renaming of the water sports area at South Perth and a permanent 5 knot area near the Matagarup Bridge have been introduced to improve on-water safety and enjoyment of the Swan Canning Riverpark.

Department of Transport (DoT) Director Waterways Management Chris Mather said the changes, now formally gazetted as law, would allow users to safely share some of the busiest parts of the iconic riverpark. [READMORE]


We would like to share some very exciting news and give you a heads up on the latest Maritime safety initiative. The Department of Transport Maritime and the popular Deckee boating app have been working in collaboration to bring specific boating information to WA water users. We are pleased to advise you that DOT has just launched a WA recreational boating app –  Deckee. (For iOS and Android)

The app provides skippers with information to plan a safe day on the water including local information, trip logging, weather, navigation aids and official alerts and notices:  MORE INFO


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