Boaties urged to stay safe during bad weather
The Bureau of Meteorology provides severe weather warnings and you can hear regular updates on the marine radio channels
WEATHER checks are vital before you go boating.
With heavy rain and storms predicted for the Sunshine Coast, now is a reminder for all boaties to stay safe by keeping informed about the latest weather conditions.
Coast Guard Caloundra is urging all boaties to check the latest weather information before heading out on our waterways this boating season.
Boaties must make sure they check expected conditions in advance of their outing and continue to check while on the water.
Always prepare for the unexpected – plan ahead or, if you intend to be away for a day or two, obtain a long-range weather forecast.
It’s also imperative to tell your local volunteer marine rescue station where you are going, and when and where you’re due back.
Remember the weather can change suddenly and without warning. At the first sign of worsening weather conditions head for shelter.
The Bureau of Meteorology provides severe weather warnings and you can hear regular updates on the marine radio channels.
Coast Guard Caloundra encourages boaties to read and familiarise themselves with the Maritime Safety Queensland’s contingency plans and requirements for cyclones and extreme weather events in our region, which is available on its website.
The best protection against extreme weather is to plan for such events.
Move your tinnies, kayaks, garden furniture and other items away from the water’s edge to avoid them being swept up in the higher tides.
Boat owners should ensure their vessels are securely moored and check on them often as high tidal surges can put stress on mooring tackle.