Equipment must be in a safe condition and suitable for the activity.
First aid kits
First aid kits appropriate to the location and level of training must be carried.
Personal flotation devices
In accordance with Victorian maritime safety regulations, students and staff must wear, as a minimum, a securely fitted Australian Standard Type 2 personal flotation device if sailing within two nautical miles of the coast, and an Australian Standard Type 1 personal flotation device if sailing more than two nautical miles from the coast. For more information, see Transport Safety Victoria – Personal Flotation Devices.
Individuals in the rescue craft must wear an Australian Standard Type 2 personal flotation device as a minimum.
Exemptions from Victorian regulations for the wearing of personal flotation devices have been granted for certain situations. Exemption categories can be found at
Yachting Victoria – Exemption from MSV Regulations for Club Boats.
Helmets may be provided to students participating in a sailing activity at the discretion of the instructor after consideration of students’ sailing experience and skill level.
Helmets specifically designed for water activities must comply with the following safety characteristics of lightweight protective helmets:
- holes to allow for water drainage
- adjustable chin strap
- hard outer shell
- firm fit, either by use of an adjustable harness securely attached to the helmet or a fixed helmet in a range of sizes
- either foam padded or constructed with a suspension harness
- capacity to float.
Rescue craft appropriate to the location and in good working condition must be readily available during any sailing activity for rescue and towing purposes.
Individuals in the rescue craft must wear an Australian Standard Type 1 personal flotation device.
Powered rescue craft must comply with the minimum safety equipment listed in the Recreational Boating Safety Handbook, see: Transport Safety Victoria.
Each boat’s rigging and equipment should be thoroughly checked before entering the water and must comply with the Yachting Australia standards for off-the-beach yachts. Each boat should include:
- a towing point
- a bailer (if not fitted with a self-bailing cockpit)
- sufficient hull buoyancy to float itself on an even keel when swamped and to support not less than 25 kg for each crew member (in the case of catamarans this figure applies to each hull)
- the facility to lower the mainsail with ease in both the upright and capsized position
- a mast that is completely sealed or drainable at its base.