December 16, 2014

Sizzling summer days in the Hawkesbury mean one great thing – being back out on the glorious river.

And whether you like to relax or get revved up, you can do it all along the winding waterway – water skiing, wake boarding, fishing, powerboat racing or exploring the quiet alcoves at a leisurely pace.

And of course you’ll need a boat to make the most of life on the river…

“The Hawkesbury is perfect for all boating activities and water sports since it has safe, calm waters and plenty of protection from the weather,” says John Davoll from the Upper Hawkesbury Power Boat Club.

“Buy a boat that suits the activity you want to do. There are several local marine shops that stock an array of boats – from tinnies to high-end cruisers, fishing boats and speed boats,” he says.

To get started, you’ll need a NSW Boat License, which you can obtain after completing a one-day training course. The Roads and Maritime Services website provides plenty of information about training and licensing – visit rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime.

For a more serene summer – without needing a boat licence – hire a houseboat further up the Hawkesbury and laze away the days swimming, fishing or putting your feet up.

“The best thing about boating on the Hawkesbury in summer is that there are plenty of quiet spots to moor, as well as areas to really cut it up!” says John.

Whether you’re in the mood to ‘cut it up’ or just cruise, every day feels like a summer holiday on the Hawkesbury.

5 tips for safe summer boating

  1. Wear a life jacket – and have enough for everyone on board.
  2. Check conditions – be weather-wise, stay aware of low water levels and hazards, and register for a Maritime Alert.
  3. Check craft – ensure your boat is in good condition, the motor runs properly and essential safety equipment is on board and easy to access.
  4. Keep in touch – always tell someone where you’re going, how many people are on board and when you’ll be back.

Stay safe – stick to a safe speed, stay within the limits of your skills and boat, and go easy on the alcohol.

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