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Marine weather safety awareness month 2015

Marine weather safety awareness month 2015

Boating is a fun activity that many Australians enjoy on our oceans, bays, rivers and lakes. As conditions can change quickly, knowing what weather you are headed into is the key to a safe and enjoyable journey.

Five vital weather checks

To help you understand and plan for current and approaching weather, wave and tidal conditions, the Bureau of Meteorology has developed the Five Vital Checks. These are the questions you need to ask about the weather and how your boat will perform and react before you head out:

  • What are the warnings for your area?
  • Are there unsafe weather conditions approaching?
  • What are the wind trends?
  • What are the wave conditions?
  • What are the tides doing?

Make the right choice on where and when it's safe to go boating.

Five vital safety checks for boaters

More information on these checks can be found at www.bom.gov.au/marine/about/vital-checks.shtml and www.bom.gov.au/marine/about/marine-safety.shtml.

Discover the Bureau’s marine information

Wherever you’re sailing in Australia, the marine weather warnings, forecasts and information you need are available on the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au/marine.

Our graphical mapping tool MetEye allows you to zoom to any location and visualise the weather forecast: www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye

When out on the water, tune into the weather on your marine radio: www.bom.gov.au/marine/radio-sat/marine-radio-sat.shtml

To help you better plan your journey, MetEye has recently been upgraded to include new wind wave and swell forecasts. Read our blog to find out more: http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/843/bon-voyage-how-meteye-wind-wave-forecast-maps-can-keep-you-and-your-boat-safe-in-coastal-waters

cloud over sailing boat

Stay safe on the water

Remember, weather is only one aspect of marine safety. Check in with your state or territory marine safety agency to find out what other precautions you should take to stay safe on the water: www.anzsbeg.com.au/index.php/boating-safely/state-and-territory-regulations

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