THE Boating Industry Association of Western Australia (BIAWA) along with Water Police, Department of Transport Marine Safety, Challenger TAFE and FESA will hold another Rottnest Safety Convoy oN the 5 and 6 November.
The Convoy is designed to show new and experienced boaties how to get to Rottnest Island safely, how to navigate the bays and provides vital safety information on flares, PFDs, beach anchoring, tenders and more.
The BIAWA has organised the annual Rottnest Safety Convoy since 1971. BIAWA members and support agencies provide escorts with years of boating knowledge and experience which is shared with participants during the course of the weekend.
The Convoy departs on Saturday morning from various locations including Hillarys, Fremantle, Woodman’s Point, Rockingham and Mandurah. Once at Rottnest, the participants tour the bays and beach anchor. On Saturday evening there is a fun filled Safety Quiz for young and old. All Quiz prizes are donated by BIAWA members and this year total more than $4,000 in value, including Club Marine Insurance, The Vines Resort Golf package, Battery World Osborne Park Marine Batteries, Wombat Anchors, JPW PFDs and all sorts of fantastic give-aways .
On Sunday morning Challenger Tafe, FESA and Marine Safety wake up the participants with some lively safety demonstrations. Pains Wessex donates a number of different flares for demonstrations and participants were given the opportunity to have a go letting off a flare.
The Convoy departs the Island at midday on Sunday, with participants a lot more knowledgeable about boating.
Given the high demand for places on the Rottnest Safety Convoy, the BIAWA has resorted to holding two convoys per year with the second one for 2011 being held in November.
The BIAWA's sponsors of the November Convoy include: Pains Wessex, Westcorp Capital, JPW, Club Marine, The Vines Resort. The BIAWA alos thanked its BIAWA escorts from All Boat Business, Challenge Marine, LeisureCat, Aquasports Marine and to all BIAWA members who donated prizes.