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

News & Media

  • Bar safety information important role for MRNSW
  • August 21, 2017

Providing safety information to boaters along the coastline is an important role for Marine Rescue NSW units.

MRNSW Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey said units routinely provided information on bar conditions, including tides, swell, wind and prevailing weather conditions.

“Our units provide this information to the boating public based on reports from the Bureau of Meteorology and the members’ observations if they have a view of the bar,” he said.

“This hasn’t changed – and won’t change. It’s a vital part of our commitment to helping boaters stay safe on the water.

“With the aim of strengthening our service to the public, we are currently reviewing the bar crossing messaging our units give boaters to ensure we provide the best information we can in order to assist boaters to decide whether it is safe to head out to open waters.

“Ultimately, it’s the skipper’s responsibility to assess the risk of a bar crossing, so ensuring they are provided with up-to-date and easy to understand information is important.  The key thing to remember is always ‘if in doubt, don’t go out’.

“We can’t advise a boater that it is safe to cross a bar or provide a perceived guarantee of safety, however, as bars are inherently hazardous, boaters have different skill levels and experience and conditions can change rapidly.”

“Boaters should always ensure everyone on board is wearing a lifejacket and Log On with Marine Rescue NSW.”

Web cameras also provide live footage of more than 40 coastal bars.

When crossing bars, skippers should:

  • -Check the weather forecast, sea conditions and tides – observe the bar from land prior if able.
  • -Check live footage if a  web cam is set up at the bar at
  • -Log On with Marine Rescue via VHF Ch16 or with the free MarineRescue App
  • -Exercise caution at all times – even on calm days
  • -Ensure all passengers on board are wearing  lifejackets
  • -Remember that conditions may have changed by the time you return
  • -If in doubt, don’t go out.


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