How to prevent inadvertent activations of your float-free EPIRB

Tuesday 26 April 2022
We have detected several inadvertent float-free EPIRB activations due to incorrect mounting, storage and washing down vessels.  
Float-free EPIRB

It is important to know how to avoid and what to do if your float-free EPIRB inadvertently activates.  

If for non-distress purposes, you need to remove the float-free EPIRB from the bracket and the water activation switch gets wet this will activate the EPIRB and transmit a distress signal to AMSA. Please remember to keep the float-free EPIRB dry when removing from the bracket for maintenance or storage purposes.  

When mounting your float-free EPIRB, ensure it is correctly aligned in the bracket with the cover closed as per the manufacturer guidelines. Be careful when you wash down your vessel, especially if you are using a high-pressure hose.  

If your float-free EPIRB is accidentally activated you will notice the strobe light flashing and beeping, dry the water activation switch immediately and contact AMSA on 1800 641 792. There is no penalty for accidental activation.  
All Australian EPIRBs must be registered with AMSA. Registration is valid for two years after date of issue and must be renewed before its expiry date. Registration is free and can be completed online.  

Read more about float-free EPIRB installation and maintenance.