NSW Maritime NewsKids watch a PWC riding display during the launch of the campaign at Revesby Beach in the Georges River National Park.

PWC Safety Awareness Campaign

Rob Shehadie, actor/comedian (Rocky from Fat Pizza and TV Week Logie nominee) has joined a NSW Maritime boating safety campaign to promote safe and responsible use of personal watercraft such as Waverunners, Seadoos and Jet Skis.
Rob met jet skiers and beach goers at a picnic and barbecue to launch the safety campaign at Revesby Beach on the Georges River, and then at Brighton Le Sands on Botany Bay the following weekend. He will be revisiting both of these popular Sydney boating venues at various times until the conclusion of the summer boating season.
Shehadie’s slogan to remind people to keep safe is ‘Take it Easy’. He supports NSW Maritime safety advice for personal watercraft (PWC) riders, which includes the following:
    •   Keep a proper lookout
    •   Keep to a safe speed
    •   Slow down to under 10 knots when near other vessels, the shore or people
    •   Carry a PWC licence
    •   Observe navigation restrictions
    •   Wear a lifejacket
“All watercraft operators need to be vigilant as the safety of swimmers is paramount,” said the Mayor of the City of Rockdale, Councillor Bill Saravinovski, adding his support to the PWC Safety Awareness Campaign when Rob Shehadie visited Brighton Le Sands beach.
NSW Maritime General Manager Operations Howard Glenn said PWC riders had to take extra care when near people, either by the waterfront or swimming.
“It is important that people riding PWC know and observe the rules for safe and responsible boating,” Mr Glenn said. “By applying care, courtesy and common sense riders can have fun while respecting others.”
Working with community leaders: Rob Shehadie (left) with Mayor of the City of Rockdale, Councillor Bill Saravinovski at Brighton le Sands on Botany Bay for NSW Maritime’s Jetski Safety Awareness Campaign.Dr Jamal Rifi, President of Lakemba Sport and Recreation Club, attended the picnic and barbecue at Revesby Beach and said: “It was a refreshing back to basics safety campaign. Society at large as well as any beach goer, boat user or jetski rider will benefit from this campaign, not just the targeted community.
“We are fully behind Maritime NSW’s education and information campaign to help increase safety awareness by jet skiers on the water.”
During his visits, Shehadie entertained people on the water and picnickers ashore with his jetski safety awareness message, funny insights and comedy routine. Working together with NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers, he also distributed free lifejackets to children, and items from the new Ride Right PWC education package, including a DVD, a mobile phone pouch, a new behaviour sticker that must be attached to all PWC, an information brochure and handbook.
The Ride Right package was released this summer by NSW Maritime to promote safe and responsible use of PWC, and features two-time world surfing champion Tom Carroll and five-time world PWC champion Kylie Ellmers as ambassadors.
The Ride Right safety education package and the Take It Easy campaign are supported be the Boating Industry Association and other stakeholders in a bid to improve the culture of safe boating behaviour on NSW waterways. NSW Maritime is also working with Cultural Partners Australia who are experts in communicating with diverse cultural groups, to promote safe boating to the community.
To view more photos from Rob Shehadie’s visits to Revesby Beach and Brighton Le Sands, go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/nswmaritime/.
For more information about the Ride Right PWC package, go to http://maritime.nsw.gov.au/ and http://www.boatforlife.com.au/tc/