Recreational water users

Recreational Craft

Recreational Craft

We encourage each person who takes to the coastal and inland waters water to take responsibility for their actions and to take maritime safety seriously.

A dedicated website,, was set up to promote water safety.The group is made up of a number of organisations representing statutory bodies, search & rescue organisations and water users.  The website should be useful for a wide variety of recreational water users, with booklets and leaflets available to download.

Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft

There is a code of practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft which outlines the legislative requirements that apply to all recreational craft.  There are also recommended guidelines and best practice information on the safe operation of a range of recreational craft, including sail and motor boats, sailing dinghies, jet skis and high speed power boats, windsurfing and stand- up paddle boats, canoes, Kayaks, rowing boats and charter boats.

The Code of Practice can also be viewed in PDF format on the Department’s website, and on

All recreational craft users are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the code and to heed the safety advice and recommendations.