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In a boating emergency
Radio for help on
Channel 16 on VHF
(distress and calling channel)
Channel 88 (27.880 MHz)
on a 27 MHz radio
Call MRNSW on
The new MarineRescue App is making it easier than ever for boaters to Log On, Log Off and stay safe on NSW waters. It's the only app that will connect you directly to Marine Rescue NSW.
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Our partners in boating safety
Marine safety is a partnership and a shared responsibility.
Boating safety depends on a strong partnership between the boating community and a range of emergency services and other maritime agencies, including:
The boating community provides generous funding support to MRNSW to help improve boating safety through a levy on boat licenses and registrations. Individual boaters work with MRNSW by Logging On and Off, carrying the right safety equipment and following good boating safety practice.
The NSW Government provides Marine Rescue NSW with a direct annual grant that – along with the levy from boating licences and registrations - helps fund our vital services. NSW Roads and Maritime Services is the Government agency responsible for issuing boat licences, registering boats and setting policy and regulations, particularly for safety on the water through programs such as Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade. RMS collects the levy from boat licences and registrations which is then directed to Marine Rescue NSW.
The State Rescue Board of NSW ensures effective and co-ordinated rescue services throughout the State, advises the Government on search and rescue legislation, policy and funding, liaises with Federal and other State organisations and conducts joint training exercises.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority co-ordinates Australian safety regulation and services to ensure consistency with international standards and controls safety in national waters.
The Boating Industry Association of NSW offers a 50 Point Safety Check that means your boat is serviced by a qualified member of the Marine Industry Mechanical Repairers Association. A well maintained boat will help you avoid many common problems that can lead to a breakdown and serious emergency. The BIA stages the annual Sydney Trailer Boat Show and the Sydney International Boat Show. MRNSW attends these shows to spread our boating safety message.
Marine Rescue NSW is also a member of the International Maritime Rescue Federation, a collective of rescue services committed to preventing loss of life on the world’s waters.