Life Jackets and Flares program

The 2019 - 2020 collection season commences in November. Click here to find locations near you.

Weather Station

National Parks has given approval for a Barrenjoey weather station to be installed. 

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 to check conditions when you plan to go boating.

Marine speed indicator signage trial at Swansea Channel in Lake Macquarie​

Roads and Maritime Services will carry out a trial of new electronic speed signage at Swansea Channel in Lake Macquarie over 12 weeks, starting in June. The LED speed indicator sign will help boaters understand how quickly they are moving, particularly in areas where speed restrictions exist.

The trial will be held at the Swansea Channel, Lake Macquarie from June 2019 to September 2019. The equipment will be installed during the week commencing 24 June and will take one day. to read the media release, please click here.

Kapok lifejackets

AMSA launched a safety alert which aims to raise awareness of the risks associated with the use of out of date, and dangerous, kapok filled lifejackets.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

Boating safety

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

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 hereIn 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?

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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.

Recall - The Cause Kids Neo Vest PFD

Beware of faulty or uncertified safety products! Jetpilot Aust, Model # HD211 vests doesn't comply with the minimum buoyancy requirements of the voluntary Australian Standard AS 4758.1:2015. You don't want to find yourself in the drink with this as your only hope.  ​Consumers should immediately stop using the vest and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. For further information consumers can contact Jetpilot Australia on 07 5665 8333.