Weather is one of the greatest boating hazards. Having current weather information, understanding it properly, and knowing how it will affect where you are boating is essential.
Before going boating read:
- About marine weather services to check what weather information is available and ways you can access it before you go boating and while at sea.
Check your local maritime authority and also the Australia New Zealand Safe Boating Education Group website for boating safety information.
- Know the local factors that influence sea conditions and know where to reach shelter quickly.
- Learn how to read the weather map.
- Be aware that the weather map in the morning newspaper was most likely prepared the day before.
- Always check the latest forecast and warnings before going to sea and know what conditions exceed your safety limits.
- Beware of rapidly darkening and lowering cloud - squalls may be imminent.
- When at sea, listen to the weather reports on public or marine radio provided by the Bureau, your State/Territory marine safety agency or Volunteer Coast Radio Stations.
- Be flexible - change your plans if necessary.
Australia New Zealand Safe Boating Education Group
Australian marine safety agencies
- Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
- NSW: New South Wales Maritime Authority
- VIC: Marine Safety Victoria
- QLD: Maritime Safety Queensland
- WA: Western Australia Department of Planning and Infrastructure
- SA: Marine Group, Transport South Australia
- TAS: Marine and Safety Tasmania
- NT: Northern Territory Department of Planning and Infrastructure