BoatingWA representing all recreational boaters in Western Australia
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 Club, Bunbury Yacht Club and Fremantle Sailing Club are affiliate member clubs.
Could it be any better?
BoatingWA has established a regular meeting with Rottnest CEO Michelle Reynolds 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, click on the suggestion box
- Nine new navigation marks around the island.
- Ten new FREE beach moorings. (5 Thomson Bay + 5 Georde Bay)
- Geordie Bay toilet refurbshment
- Quokka doors around toilets and much more.
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)
There has been an increase in the use of RPA (commonly known as drones) at the island. The operation of an RPA in the mooring areas is not acceptable. This is due to several reasons, firstly the operation of RPA comes under the control of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
Full regulations can be downloaded from the CASA website https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2017L01370
Regulation 8 is the one that covers drone usage when other people are present:
8. Directions relating to the operation of RPA near people
(1) I direct that a person controlling an RPA must ensure that the aircraft is not operated less than 30 m from a person unless the person has duties essential to the control or navigation of the aircraft.
(2) For subregulation (1), the distance of 30 m is measured in every direction from the point on the ground directly below the aircraft
Secondly and perhaps more of a security matter, much of Garden Island has restrictions due to ammunition storage and flight path locations.
Skippers urged to be safe and take 30 Second Challenge
In an emergency on the water 30 seconds could be all the time skippers and passengers have to grab life-saving safety equipment.
The Department of Transport (DoT) wants those heading out on the water this summer to be prepared and is advocating skippers and passengers take the 30 Second Challenge which tests readiness for an emergency response on board a vessel.