Life Jackets and Flares program
The 2019 - 2020 collection season commences in November. Click here to find locations near you.
Lifejacket standards “grace period” set to end.
Did you know that, by 2021, your lifejackets will need to comply with Australian Standard 4758.1?
Read details by clicking here.
National Parks has given approval for a Barrenjoey weather station to be installed.
AMSA launched a safety alert which aims to raise awareness of the risks associated with the use of out of date, and dangerous, kapok filled lifejackets. To read the alert, click here
Advice and safety tips to help our boating community aged 65 or over make safer choices. click here for details
2019 - 2020 boating season
The New South Wales Government wishing us a a cracker of a season, but at the same time suggest we make sure we are safe. Please click here to read their news letter
Coastal bar crossing
Crossing coastal bars is a common but dangerous part of boating. Each year boats are damaged and people killed or injured when bar crossings go wrong. Visit rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime to check conditions when you plan to go boating.
Mooring Audit & Maintenance
NSW Transport - RMS commenced mooring audits throughout NSW, be ready and prepared. In June and July along the full length of the NSW coast some 5,700 moorings are to be inspected. For more information click here. In March 2019 the Maritime Product Service team issued a PDF with additional information. Click here to read that document.
Meantime we have been informed about at least one over zealous BSO. The BOA is following up on this. If you are affected and not happy by the process, please notify us via our “CONTACT” page.
Currently some 140 people hand in their private mooring licences each month, making their mooring available for some of the many who are on waiting lists around the state.
Should you log a passage plan with authorities?
Copied from "mysailing.com.au"
To be honest, in my journey from Busselton in WA to Yamba in NSW and back to Sydney, I usually didn't bother to lodge a passage plan. I figured I might change destination or just continue sailing if it was a nice night, and I didn't want people sitting by the radio waiting to hear from me. I had some interesting moments, but never needed to call for help.
Certainly, when crossing the Great Australian Bight, we had a sat phone and made a daily call to a mate, but I've never felt the need to check in morning and night with the local authorities. I guess I've always had a "safety third" approach to life, probably because I've always thought I could get myself out of any situation that arose.
But the sheer volume of "missing at sea" stories I read every week has got me thinking - maybe it is a good idea if someone knows roughly where I am.
I'd hate to see it made compulsory, but maybe if we all checked in voluntarily it would prevent a few of these "missing in action" stories making it into the press.