It is important to have the correct fishing safety gear & equipment to ensure you are fishing safely.

What items should I pack to keep me safe while rock fishing?


Always wear an approved life jacket, it may save your life if you fall in the water. In some areas it is the law to wear a lifejacket when rock fishing. You may be fined for not wearing one. Make sure you know how to use your lifejacket – many drownings occur because people do not know how to use their safety equipment.

Non slip shoes & light clothing
Non-slip footwear is essential on wet, slippery rocks. Do not wear gum boots or waders as these will fill with water and make you sink quickly. Heavy clothing can become waterlogged, and it will make it very difficult to stay afloat if you fall in.
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Rope or floatation device
Most rock fishing spots will have an angel ring available to use in an emergency. Bringing your own rope or floatation device can be useful in cases of an emergency to rescue or pull someone out of the water. Always be prepared.

Lifejackets save lives.

Watch this video from NSW DPI Fisheries about lifejacket safety.

"I almost lost my life... now I always wear a lifejacket"

Watch this video from the Department of Communities and Justice NSW to hear more about Greg Finney's story.

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Rock Fishing Safety Tips

Knowing how to stay safe and what to look out for whilst rock fishing can help you to stay safe and ensure an enjoyable rock fishing experience with your friends and family.

Things to plan before going rock fishing

Rock fishing is fun but it's important to prepare before you leave home. Learn more about how you can ensure you are ready for a safe and fun rock fishing experience.

What should I wear when I go rock fishing?

It is important to have the correct fishing safety gear & equipment to ensure you are fishing safely.

Avoiding dangerous situations

Many people enjoy rock fishing, but it can be very dangerous. Be safe while rock fishing and avoid putting yourself in risky and dangerous situations.

Lifejacket Basics

Learn more about lifejackets, how to select the right one, how to put them on and how to properly maintain lifejackets. Also, learn about the lifejacket rules and where they apply in NSW.