As the summer recreational season intensifies it is paramount that boaters know how to use a VHF radio. This is an essential part of the vessel’s safety equipment.
The ACMA has produced an educational video for the recreational boating community about how, and why it is important, to operate your VHF marine radio correctly. Hook Line and Sinker presenters Nick Duigan and Andrew Hart informs our maritime community on the protocols for using a VHF radio. It is certainly not daunting, with practice easily mastered.
St Helens Marine Rescue commends this video to all skippers and boaters. We welcome members of the public to observe our friendly, welcoming radio operators at the Base Station. You can find us on the Esplanade 24/7 from 8:00 am until 5:10 pm.
With summer approaching the new recreation boating season is nigh. It is absolute that all skippers have a thorough understanding and knowledge of the safety equipment aboard your vessel. Who better than Andrew Hart & Nick Duigan to illustrate what is required. Go to the following video for a five minute tutorial on what and where all boaters should have on board.
In addition make sure your boat is serviced along with your safety vests.
When all is in place you can be confident of a safe and memorable summer on our fabulous water ways.
St Helens Marine Rescue took a depth profile of Pelican Point today. Depth wise it is the best we have seen for a long period of time. Mariners are urged to take care when transiting this shallow section of Georges Bay. Take note of the time and tide data when these readings were observed. I f in doubt always seek local advise. We are contactable on 0408 817 359 or VHF Channel 16 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Members are invited to attend the 2018 St Helens Marine Rescue Annual General Meeting (AGM) Sunday October 21st. The meeting will commence at 11:00 am, followed by a BBQ.
Preparing for the Summer
All boaters are encouraged to prepare for the upcoming recreational boating season. I can thoroughly recommend boat owners and skippers check out the MaST web site for a very comprehensive checklist that details all aspects of your vessel. Once completed boaters can be confident the season will be safe and enjoyable.
St Helens Marine Rescue is proud to announce the Barway Webcam is now operating. This was a combined initiative ofMarine and Safety Tasmania (MaST), State Government, Tasmanian Electronics, Tas Water & Communication Services and Lyndcraft Boats.
Barway Camera view along the Sea Wall
The technology enables our operators, at the base, to have a spectacular 300-degree rotational, real time view from Burns Bay boat ramp, to the Barway and around to Pelican Point. Additionally the webcam has incredible zooming capability along with the ability to capture snapshots and video of the area. Our Base Station is 6 nautical miles from the bar. With this development it will enable our radio and on water operators to assess accurately the conditions on the barway from the Base. Members of Marine Rescue worked tirelessly against many challenges to produce an outstanding technological outcome. We extend our appreciation to all contributors to this magnificent enterprise.