On March 19 and 20, the Boating Industry Association of Western Australia, (BIAWA) along with a number of government agencies including Water Police, Department of Transport Marine Safety and FESA will hold another Rottnest Safety Convoy. The Convoy is designed to show new boaties how to get to Rottnest Island safely and provide them with vital safety information on flares, PFDs, hypothermia, beach anchoring, tenders and much more.
The BIAWA has run the Rottnest Convoy annually since 1971, with the assistance of its members. BIAWA members provide escorts with years of boating knowledge to assist new boaties with their trip over to Rottnest and to navigate the bays safely.
The Convoy departs on Saturday morning from various locations including Hillarys, Fremantle, Woodmans point, Rockingham and Mandurah departure points. Once at Rottnest, the participants tour the bays and beach anchor. On Saturday evening, there will be a quiz which will test participants on what they learned during the course of the day. Totalling more than $4000, all prizes for the quiz were donated by BIAWA members as well as Club Marine Insurance, Battery World Osborne Park Marine Battery, Wombat Anchors, JPW PFDs and many others.
On Sunday morning the participants will be given some great safety demonstrations from Challenger Tafe, FESA and Marine Safety. Pains Wessex has donated a number of different flares for demonstrations and participants will be given the opportunity to have a go letting off a flare.
The Convoy departs the Island at mid day on Sunday, with participants a lot more knowledgeable about boating.
The BIAWA will be holding two convoys in 2011, one in March and one in November. There are still a few spots left on the March Convoy. For more information please visit www.biawa.asn.au
The BIAWA would like to thank the sponsors of the March Convoy: Pains Wessex, Westcorp Capital, JPW, Club Marine. A special thanks also to our BIAWA escorts from All Boat Business, Challenge Marine, LeisureCat, Aquasports Marine and to all BIAWA members who kindly donated prizes.
For more information please contact the BIA WA on (08) 9271 9688.
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