2008-2009 Surf Life Saving Queensland Patrol Operations Manual
Version 1 – July 2008
SECTION NO: LS 0014 SUBJECT: POWERCRAFT OPERATIONS
AUTHORISED BY: State Lifesaving Committee
All Clubs have the responsibility to operate within the Queensland Transport guidelines and regulations.
Not to do so can jeopardise marine safety causing injury or death and render the Operator and Club liable
to criminal prosecution and civil litigation.
The relevant statutes contained in the Transport Operations Marine Safety Act and Regulations can be explained
to any interested Club or Branch by a representative from the Department Primary Industries or Queensland
Boating and Fisheries and how they apply to the operations of IRB‟s and personal watercraft/Rescue Water Craft.
The Queensland Boating and Fisheries Division is the delegated authority to police Queensland‟s boating and
small craft rules and regulations and, as such, has the power to video tape and issue to any driver any of the
following infringements:- check
PENALTY (as at 21st June 2005)
On the spot $375
500 penalty points or one year imprisonment
(one penalty point = $75)
Unsafe operations causing injury or death
5,000 penalty points or two years imprisonment
Failure of Club to report any incident to Qld Transport
within 48 hours of incident occurring
$225 (Imposed Directly to Club)
Exceeding 6 knots within 30 metres of people in water
$225 (Imposed on Operator)
As a licensed operator, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that you are abiding by the law. Any fines imposed will
become the responsibility of the operator. Surf Life Saving Queensland will not be held responsible for unsafe
operations conducted by any Club member or cover any costs incurred through fines.
The following points shall be adhered to during the operation of all IRB‟s:
Only appropriately qualified crew are to operate the IRB.