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

9450 2468


Or call




MarineRescue App

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.

Weather Warnings

Weather Warnings for New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory - marine areas. Issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Current weather warnings for New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory, Australia including strong wind, gale, storm force and hurricane force wind warnings; tsunami; damaging waves; abnormally high tides; and tropical cyclones.
Weather Warnings for New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory - marine areas. Issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Radio courses


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A marine radio is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can carry on board but it's of little use to you if you don't know how to use it to call for help in an emergency or other mishap. Marine Rescue units run a program of courses each year aimed at teaching members of the boating community how to use their marine radios correctly and appropriately.

Before choosing the right course for your needs, it will be helpful to have an understanding of the regulations applying to marine radios and which require you to have a qualification to operate and a licence to own.

The Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) and Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP)courses are based on ACMA requirements.

The LROCP course will enable participants to operate VHF, MF and HF marine radios for enclosed, inshore and international offshore cruising. Course participants will gain:

  • the ability to use correct marine radio operating procedures, in particular those relating to distress, urgency and safety messages for VHF including DSC (Digital Selective Calling) and MF/HF (Medium Frequency and High Frequency); and
  • an understanding of the operation and controls of typical marine radio equipment; simple maintenance practices; and the regulations applicable to ship radio systems.

The SROCP course participants will gain:

  • the ability to use correct marine radio operating procedures when using 27Mhz and VHF, including DSC; and
  • an understanding of the operation and controls of typical marine radio equipment; simple maintenance practices; and the regulations applicable to ship radio systems.

Some Marine Rescue units also run 27MHz radio familiarisation courses to help boat owners optimise the use of these radios.

Radio type Most common use Qualification to operate Licence to own Price range¹ Comments
27 Megahertz,
(27MHz)
Short distances on enclosed waters and near offshore. None required but a short training program will help ensure the user understands the correct procedures for proper marine radio use. Not required $150 up Low cost and best suited for enclosed waters, provides a range usually limited to line-of-sight. MRNSW recommends recreational boat owners re-equip with VHF radio, rather than purchasing 27 MHz radios
VHF
(Very High Frequency)
Inshore and coastal cruising. Range to 12 nautical miles from a shore station but may be as far as 30 nautical miles depending on location of base transceiver or repeater. Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) Provides the basic essential knowledge for the VHF radio operator. Not required. VHF set can be installed in your boat but operator is required to have a minimum of an SROCP to use. Under $200 to $450 up The most suitable radios for recreational boaters. Excellent voice quality, reliable and easily cover most areas used for recreational boating. Ongoing program of repeater installations is continually improving the NSW network.
MF/HF
(Medium and High Frequency)
Most suited for medium and long distances on offshore voyages Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency ( LROCP) Provides the operator with the knowledge of how to operate both MF/HF and VHF radios. The radio itself must be licensed by ACMA² (Ship Station Class B licence). Once licensed, the ACMA will issue your vessel with a callsign. $3,500 up For vessels and skippers on long coastal or international ocean passages.

1 Guide only. Check your local retailer. Discounts and sales can mean good savings. Antenna also required (+/- $100 plus fitting).

2 ACMA – Australian Communication and Media Authority


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