New safety rules for snorkelling in Great Barrier Reef

Floatation devices required for those identified to be "at-risk"

Following a spate of tourist deaths on the Great Barrier Reef last year, snorkellers identified as “at-risk” will soon be required to wear floatation devices when snorkelling in Queensland waterways, according to a report by the Australian Associate Press (AAP).

As well, tourism operators will be allowed to request declarations from these “at-risk” individuals before they enter the water.

Floatation devices required for those identified to be “at-risk”

Apart from floatation devices, the select snorkellers also need to wear a different coloured vest or snorkel to be more easily spotted from a vessel, which must be equipped with an automatic external defibrillator.

Meanwhile, a new recreational diving code of practice is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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