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.

Meet the volunteers

Our MRNSW volunteers are recognised for their marine skill, experience and commitment to saving lives on the water. This team of boating safety advocates works together, both on and off the water, to provide boaters with the assistance, advice and vital rescue services to help them stay safe on the water.

With more than 3,000 volunteers in 44 strategically-located units watching over the State’s most popular boating, fishing and cruising regions, there’s a job for almost everyone at their local MRNSW unit.

Our rescue vessel crews turn out in all weather and conditions to respond to emergencies and other incidents. A day’s duties might include a Search and Rescue mission for people overboard, towing a disabled vessel back to port or transporting medical teams or firefighters to isolated and inaccessible locations. Our crews also provide operational support for major activities such as the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, New Year’s Eve fireworks and Australia Day, helping keep everyone safe to enjoy the event.

Our radio operators monitor the airwaves around-the-clock for boaters in need of rescue or less urgent assistance. They’re a source of local knowledge and advice on local waterways and conditions, broadcast regular weather updates and are ready to help boaters check their marine radios are in good operating order. Our radio safety net includes the State’s only Log On and Log Off service for recreational boaters.

Of course, every frontline team needs a support crew and we’re no different, with our members also taking on the important unit training, fundraising, maintenance, catering and other administrative roles needed to maintain operational standards and readiness.

MRNSW is a Registered Training Organisation and our volunteers are professionally trained to strict national standards for their roles. They can enrol in a range of training courses to expand their skills and knowledge and help them take on new and challenging roles in their unit, including radio operation, navigation, seamanship, meteorology and first aid.

In recognition of their commitment, our volunteers are eligible for a range of MRNSW and national awards and medals. Specially struck Commissioner’s Medals are presented to recognise conspicuous acts of valour and courage.



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