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Safety and regulations

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Fishing regulations

At Coastguard we’re all about people being responsible boaties, but we also want you to be responsible fishos out there.

Child with lifejacket

How to choose a well fitting lifejacket

A lifejacket is only good for saving your – or your child’s – life if it stays on snugly when you need it.

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Looking out for divers

The role of boatperson is a key one for a safe and enjoyable dive. Establish and agree on a plan before leaving the boat.

Diver with scuba gear

Safety under the water

Taking a minute to prep and get ready for diving will make sure you get home safe with a good haul.

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Crossing a bar

Crossing a bar can be very dangerous. Check out our tips for getting across safely.

Two men in a boat following Coastguard safety rules

Safety and regulations

Just like driving a car on the road, there are a laws and safety regulations for when you’re out on the water.

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Protecting our marine environment

Here are three easy ways to keep yourself out of trouble and our marine environment clean.

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