Lifejacket All competitors must wear an approved Australian Standard AS 4758 or International Standard ISO 12402 Life jacket. All surf ski, outrigger, plastic and sea kayak paddlers must wear an approved minimum Level 50 / Level 50S Life jacket. Your life jacket must be Hi-Vis or a Hi-Vis top is to be worn over the top of the life jacket. No bum bag inflatable life jackets are permitted. A Hi-Vis top must be worn. *SUP and prone paddleboard paddlers only are permitted to wear an approved Life jacket Level 100/150 bum bag inflatable life jacket.
Safety Leash – All competitors must be attached to their craft via a safety leash.
Hi-Vis Clothing – All competitors must wear a piece of Hi-Vis clothing – this can be a Hi-Vis life jacket or Hi-Vis top worn over your life jacket and hat.
Flare – All competitors must have at least one current or unexpired orange smoke flare attached to their craft/person. The flare should be easily accessible when on the water. Ensure you are familiar in how to use a flare. The below image provides an example, however ensure you have read and understand the instructions on your flare as they may vary.
Mobile Phone or VHF Radio – All competitors are required to take one of these with them during the race. If using a mobile phone a tracking app is required and the event channel will be given to those using VHF Marine Radios. Click here for information on the SafeTrx Event Tracking App.
Whistle – All competitors are required to have a pealess whistle attached to their Life jacket.
It is also recommended that a minimum of 1 litre of water is to be carried during the race, and sun protection such as a hat and sunscreen.
Event Tracking app SafeTrx With safety for our competitors our number one concern, we have implemented the Coast Guard SafeTrx App for for all competitors to use. SafeTrx is a Smartphone App for both Android & Apple iOS devices that allows you to have your journey recorded and monitored if needed by the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard. Competitors will carry their personal mobile phone in a waterproof pouch during the race using the SafeTrx app Flotilla event function. SafeTrx will allow the event organiser and spectators to track competitors live GPS location during the event via the web. SafeTrx has recently been used for paddling events in South Africa, Ireland, the UK and Holland with great success. To see it in action have a look at the tracking for the Freedom Paddle in Cape Town earlier this year at https://flotilla.safetrxapp.com/events/sasurfski/freedompaddle and The Chucky event in Sydney here https://flotilla.safetrxapp.com/events/op/csmc
Start using SafeTrx Now in Training! Download the SafeTrx app, register an account and become familiar with how the app works during training. For paddling, we recommend using the TRACK ONLY mode and sharing it with a friend or family member before you head out for a paddle. “Track Only” trips still record your trip on the handset (and to your trip history on the boaters website) and allows you to review and replay it later. Unlike “sail plan” trips, no ETA is provided and Coast Guard do not monitor your trip.
Safety officials can track your position in real time during the race knowing where you are at all times.
If you get into trouble you can activate the Call for Help button which enables you to call 000 or Aust Coast Guard – your exact GPS location will be available to them so the safety vessels can come to your aid
Competitors can watch a replay of the event and see step by step how they raced against other paddlers and compare the lines they took against the winners