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Weather conditions

Poor weather is associated with up to 1 in 3 fatal incidents.

On the water, weather conditions can change very quickly, so it's important to be prepared and keep a close eye on the forecast before and during your trip, so you can get home safely.

Boating in poor weather conditions commonly results in safety incidents such as capsizes, swamping and people falling overboard. These incidents are often preventable, especially if plan your trip safely. Remember, when it comes to the weather forecast, if in doubt, don't go out.

When it comes to weather, you need to make considered judgments about your trip in light of the winds, waves and warnings forecasted.

 

When it comes to weather, you need to make considered judgments about your trip in light of the winds, waves and warnings forecasted.

Tips to stay safe:

  • Always wear a lifejacket, don’t risk your life.
  • Always log on/off with Marine Rescue via app, VHF Radio (Channel 16) or phone.
  • Regularly check Bureau of Meteorology forecasts (or via app), including the winds, waves and warnings forecasted.
  • MetEye provides detailed forecasts for winds and waves at all locations.

 

More information on boating rules can be found in the Boating Handbook.