The 'BEST' boating check

boat being launched off a boat ramp into the river

Developed by the Department of Transport, the BEST (Boat, Equipment, Safety, Trailer) boat check is a simple way to remember the key checks you should carry out before every boating trip.

In addition to the recommended 45-point annual check of your boat, completing a routine BEST check before each trip will ensure your gear is in good order and minimise any problems on the day.

Below are the steps for completing your BEST check:

1. Check your BOAT

  • Batteries
  • Fuel and oil
  • Steering
  • Keys and bungs
  • Suitability for the planned area of operation

2. Check your EQUIPMENT

  • Test run your motor
  • Use your trailing bracket
  • Load your equipment for the voyage

3. Check your SAFETY Equipment

  • All safety equipment for the area of operation
  • Check boating weather forecast for predicted conditions
  • Log on with Sea Rescue via radio

4. Check your TRAILER

  • Trailer lights
  • Tyre pressure and bearings
  • Tow hitch and safety chains
  • Tie downs


Completing these simple checks will ensure a great day out on the water.

To make sure you have all you need for the day, check out our Boating Equipment Checklist at the link below.

Explore more button

A man holding a resuscitation manikin

First Aid Training - $140

Practical accredited first aid training that is flexible, enjoyable and engaging.

Explore more button

Image of a man fishing from a boat, wearing a hat, sunglasses and a lifejacket

Lifejackets save lives!

Learn more about our Old4New lifejacket exchange program here.

First Aid Kit With Items

Great Deals on First Aid Kits!

Find the right first aid kit for your lifestyle.

View products button