One of the most important safety acts a mariner should undertake before going on the water is to advise someone responsible of their trip details. The ability to communicate with others in times of emergency is, probably, the most important tool for the Safety of Life at Sea.
MRNSW operates a state wide computer offshore/local waters tracking system [“Seahawk”], which Marine Rescue Terrigal uses to log your details and monitor your progress and safe arrival at your destination. In order to carry out a Search and Rescue, should that be required, we need a lot of information about you and your vessel. After your initial logon, the system will retain most of your information, but each time you call to log on, our operators will ask for your registration number and check that the vessel is on the computer. This is time consuming but must be done, as many vessels have the same name but the registration number is unique.
Smart skippers can avoid the above and show their support for their local Marine Rescue Unit by joining the Radio Club scheme which gives them a unique call sign. This call sign tells us that your details are on the computer, have been checked and updated at time of joining and when your membership is renewed each year, and therefore have no need to check thereby facilitating logon and logoff communications. Of course the variables such as “people on board”, “destination” and “ETA” /”ETR” will always need to be confirmed.
When we assist a vessel, we invite the owner to make a donation to help cover our costs. As a paid Radio Club member you will not be asked for a donation as you’re already a supporter. It’s like an insurance policy – but wait, there’s more!
No steaks knives, but
to thank you for your ongoing support for our unit, Marine Rescue NSW is now providing Radio Club members with a range of exclusive benefits.
- Automatic information loading on the new MarineRescue smartphone App. The relevant personal and boat details you have provided your local unit as part of your club membership will load automatically in the new App once you enter your radio call sign (eg MX000) and your Vessel Registration Number. Just select I’m a Radio Club Member on the app’s front screen and follow the prompts.
- Great prizes on offer in Radio Club app competition. Every time you Log On and Off using the MarineRescue App between March and July AND choose to use the 30-minute tracking service, you will be entered in the monthly draw to win a prize package valued at more than $2,500: a 5hp Suzuki 4-stroke outboard engine plus a Raymarine Dragonfly with chart plotter and depth sounder.
- Discounts at the new Marine Rescue NSW e-shop. Our Radio Club members can purchase a range of great boating and safety products at exclusive discounts from the Marine Rescue NSW online shop. Simply use your radio call sign as your Username and your Vessel Registration Number as your Password to ensure you save as you shop.
- Free e-magazine. Learn more about the life-saving work of Marine Rescue NSW’s 3,000 volunteers through our magazine, “Soundings. Make sure “we have your up-to-date email address so you can receive this magazine each quarter.
All local boat owners are urged to join the Radio Club. The application form requests full details of your vessel, home address and a land-based contact in the event you are overdue at your destination. We then know what type of vessel we are looking for and whom to advise when we have ascertained you are safe.
All information remains confidential to Marine Rescue except in an emergency when co-operation and support is co-ordinated by the NSW Water Police.
GOING BOATING? THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
Call Marine Rescue Terrigal on the radio using your call sign, and the operator will register your details each time you venture onto the water by recording:
• How many people are on-board
• Where you are going
• When you will be back, and
• confirm your mobile phone number has not changed, and is on board.
All personal details are already held in-house and do not have to be transmitted over the radio.
DON’T FORGET TO LOG OFF
This important safety feature means that, if you do not log off by the nominated time, we institute predetermined search procedures for you. This is an important feature of our service. Just call the nearest radio base to amend your ETA/ETR if you know you will be late.
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
To access the application form, please click here. Print off a copy, complete the details requested and post, together with a cheque or money order for $35 (1 year subscription)
to: The Radio Club Officer, Marine Rescue Terrigal, Haven Base NSW, 2260.
YOUR SUPPORT KEEPS OUR UNIT “AFLOAT”.
If you need further assistance, please contact the Radio Base on Telephone: (02) 4384 3606.
This Radio Club registration is for mariners in the Terrigal Region only.
Persons outside this region should contact their local Marine Rescue base for details of the local Boating Safety Service.