Lifejacket rules and regulations for the Australian Capital Territory, Australia:
It is strongly recommended that you wear an approved lifejacket at all times when enjoying Lake Burley Griffin.
With the increasing number of watercraft users, at times the Lake can be busy, with small watercraft and commercial vessels sharing the space.
Cold water can be lethal.
The water temperature of Lake Burley Griffin can often be extremely cold. Cold water is dangerous and exposed persons can develop hyperthermia quickly. The effects of cold water mean that even healthy, good swimmers can drown after a short period of time in the water. The risk of hypothermia can be exacerbated by wind chill, even in the warmer months of the year.
Ways to avoid hyperthermia include:
- Be aware of the weather conditions and forecasts including wind speed and direction, temperatures and potential storms
- Wear a well fitted life jacket
- Wear a wetsuit during the colder months
- Stay with your craft if you capsize to increase your chance of rescue.