Safe boating means assessing the weather

Checking weather and tides should be part of your safety management system.

  1. Conditions can change quickly, so don’t hesitate to head back in. If in doubt, don’t go out.
  2. Stay tuned to the weather while out on the water. VHF marine radio is the most effective and reliable means of accessing weather information while at sea.
  3. Whatever your chosen source for weather information, make sure it gives you accurate and timely advice, including warnings.
  4. Always check the weather before and during boating.

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Weather information for mariners

Before heading out on the water, use the Bureau of Meteorology's marine forecasts and warnings and run through the five vital checks: warnings, weather, winds, waves, tides.

The Bureau’s MetEye tool provides detailed information on forecast winds, waves and weather conditions for waters out to 60 nautical miles from the coast, as well as for some popular inland lakes.

Know the operating limits of your vessel, and change your plans if conditions are forecast to exceed them.