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You must travel at a safe speed at all times.

5 knotsWhat you must take into account

  • The manoeuvrability of your craft
  • Visibility
  • Wind and sea state
  • How busy it is on the water around you
  • Other water users
  • Hazards in the area
  • The depth of water
  • Remember the 5 knot rule

slowThe Five Knot Rule

Your boat must not exceed five knots when:

  • Within 200 metres of the shore or a structure.
  • Within 200 metres of any vessel flying the International Code A Flag, for example, a dive flag. 
  • Within 50 metres of another boat, raft or person in the water. 
  • When the boat has anyone at or on the bow, with any portion of his/her body extending over the fore part, bow or side of the vessel.