With the anniversary weekend weather forecast looking warm and sunny across much of the country, the coastguard expects many boaters in Auckland, Northland and Nelson to get out on the big blue. However, given the alarming rate of drownings and incidents so far this summer, it is essential that boaters play their part in ensuring everyone gets home safely at the end of the day. . Between December 24, 2021 and January 10, 2022 alone, the Coast Guard responded to 318 incidents, helping 769 people return home safely.
As Coastguard volunteers across New Zealand continue to keep a watchful eye on what is happening on the water, we also need skippers to take responsibility by recording their voyage details on the Coastguard app, via the local VHF radio channel or by calling us on *500. You do not need to be a Coastguard member to register a Trip Report, this is a free service we offer to all boaters.
“Writing up a trip report is an easy way to make sure we know your plans in case something goes wrong. If you’re reported late, the simple information in a trip report can significantly narrow the search area and save you money. time searching for you and your family,” Coast Guard Chief of Operations Rob McCaw said.
“In addition to having life jackets on board for everyone, taking two forms of waterproof communication and checking the marine weather, make recording a voyage report part of your preparation before you leave. the ramp.”
Essential information for a trip report:
- Your boat’s name and VHF callsign
- Starting point
- Destination, route and estimated time of arrival (ETA)
- Number of people on board (POB).
You can still save a trip report if you don’t have a call sign, but it will make it easier if you do.
For boaters crossing a bar, a specific bar crossing service is available and logging a crossing report is as easy as a trip report. The main differences are that this can only be done by dialing *500 or on the VHF radio. Saving a crossing report means that a “watch” is set on your crossing and if you do not close the report, the rescue services will be activated immediately. This service is free to the boating public and saves lives every year with a recent rescue on Raglan Bar being the most recent example. Watch our video here.
If you need to brush up on your skills, find your nearest boating course at – https://www.boatingeducation.org.nz/
Find the full checklist of our boats and a range of how-to guides at – https://www.boatiesbestmate.nz/
Coastguard app – your best friend on the water
If you use the Coastguard app to save your trip report, you can also take advantage of the app’s other features this weekend. This includes nowcasting of current sea conditions at your preferred location and long-range forecasts for wind, weather, swell and tides.
Download the app here on the App Store or download it from Google Play.
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