Safety First at Marine15

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Saving lives and preventing serious injuries when boating will be front and centre for the Safety Stream at marine15 international boating…

Saving lives and preventing serious injuries when boating will be front and centre for the Safety Stream at marine15 international boating conference on the Gold Coast 3-5 May.

Australia and New Zealand Safe Boating Education Group spokesperson Neil Patchett said there were 17 conference sessions covering key priority issues in boating safety.

"International speakers in safety are coming from the USA, Canada and New Zealand," Patchett said.

"There are also extremely experienced speakers from across Australia. When combined, these speakers are covering the critical issues in boating safety today."

Keynote speaker in safety Howard Glenn of Transport for NSW is to talk about a united effort to achieve a ‘step change’ in safety across the trans Tasman region, Rachel Johnson of the National Boating Safety Council of the USA is to talk about major safety campaigns, Jean Murray of the Canadian Safe Boating Council is to discuss cross-agency collaboration, while Dr Gordon Giesbrecht will bring his expertise on cold-water boating.

"The safety program however is loaded with themes highly relevant to boating stakeholders, industry and regulators who are preparing for seasons to come," Mr Patchett said.

"Themes range from safety equipment to education initiatives for younger generations, and from paddle craft safety to latest trends in high-speed vessel design.

"Marine15 is expected to attract up to 500 people representing recreational boating industry, marinas and safety, and presents a unique opportunity to share information and ideas on building a culture of safer boating."

Mr Patchett said additional events were being held in tandem with marine15 and included forums on waterways management, cold water shock, boating data/ boating surveys and on-water technical tours.

There will also be a marine expo called Marinex which this week was declared ‘sold out’. Marinex will be staged in the heart of the conference event and covers exhibitors from infrastructure suppliers to safety. 

For more details and to register, go to www.marine15.com