Safe boating means planning your trip

Safe boating means planning your trip and telling an emergency contact where you’re headed and what time you’ll be expected back. Where possible log on and off with Marine Rescue.

Map with words: Plan it

Effective trip planning means:

  • Making sure you have an emergency contact who knows when they can expect to hear from you and what to do if you don’t check in.
  • Having easy access to appropriate local contact details, including Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR), port, police and emergency services. Log on and log off with your local VMR when you are on the water. 
  • Assessing the weather and any other environmental conditions that may affect your trip.
  • Put a passage plan together if you are conducting a long voyage. An effective passage plan should contain key contacts and ‘safe haven’ along the route  in the event that you need to return to port quickly for shelter, require medical assistance, supplies, or repairs.
  • Having effective communications equipment onboard that will work for the trip duration and location.
  • Checking your EPIRB’s battery expiry date and updating your registration details. Depending on your type of operation you may need a float free EPIRB.