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Safety and regulations
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- No fishing, netting, spearing, taking or killing of marine life. All methods of fishing, from the shore or the sea, are prohibited.
- All objects, artefacts, animals, plants and the seabed are protected.
- Do not chase or grab free-swimming animals.
- Keep your distance from large marine animals and birds, don’t block their path.
- When diving and snorkelling be careful with your fins, practice buoyancy control and secure all gauges and pressure hoses.
- Take care where you anchor your boat - anchor in sand, rubble or mud, avoiding reefs and other sensitive areas, and use mooring buoys where provided.
- Ensure your vessel has an approved sewage holding facility and sewage is disposed of appropriately on the mainland.
- Undertake activities only appropriate to your skills and abilities.
- Take all necessary precautions. Be aware of changing conditions and watch for potential hazards, such as rips, undertows and strong currents.
- A number of marine animals are potentially harmful. Ensure you are familiar with these species.
- Sunburn and hypothermia are potentially harmful but easily avoided.
- SCUBA diving is a potentially high-risk activity and should only be undertaken by appropriately qualified people that have completed recognised training and certification. Victoria's cool water environments can be extremely challenging to those used to diving in warmer waters so ensure you seek local advice before undertaking a dive in a new location. Dive charter operators can provide some of the best advice on diving in Victoria.