Paddling at night? [72]

Upgraded lighting requirements

Earlier in 2008 NSW Maritime published a Code of Conduct which applies to kayakers paddling at night (sunset to sunrise). A kayaker must have exhibited:

Two all-round white lights, one attached to the vessel at or near the forward end, and one attached to the vessel at or near the aft end.

A continuous white light is considered acceptable if it is visible in clear conditions from a distance of 1 kilometre.

A flashing white light is considered acceptable if it flashes at least once per second and is visible in clear conditions from a distance of 1 kilometre.

It is considered acceptable for a light to be masked so as not to interfere with the vision of the vessel’s occupants, provided at least one light is visible from any direction.

To read the full document, see ‘Code of Conduct for Rowing and Sculling Shells’ (over four metres in length) via www.maritime.nsw.gov.au.

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