Weather checks vital for boaties
WITH storm season in full swing now is the time for all boaties to stay safe by keeping informed about the latest weather conditions.
Coast Guard Caloundra urges all boaties to check weather information before heading out on our waterways. 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 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 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 the Maritime Safety Queensland’s contingency plans for cyclones and extreme weather events which is available on their website.
Move your tinnies, kayaks, garden furniture and other items away from the water’s during higher tides. Ensure vessels are securely moored and check on them often as high tidal surges can put stress on mooring lines.