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Boating Safety

Log On and Log Off with VMR

Boaters should always Log On with their local VMR unit whenever they head out on the water and Log Off when they return. This is a free service.

Logging On is a simple process that lets us know when you’re leaving, where you’re heading and when you expect to return. If you don’t Log Off as scheduled, we’ll activate our search procedures to look for you.

Log on with VMR Bundaberg on VHF Channel 81 and our Radio Operators will ask you for the following information:

  • Call sign or vessel name and registration Vessel description, colour and size
  • Departure point and intended destination
  • Number of people on board
  • Onboard mobile phone contact
  • Expected time of return


A lifejacket is a vital piece of safety equipment. The best idea is to make sure you wear it whenever you are on the water. Put the lifejacket on as part of your pre trip preparation. It's a lot harder to put on a lifejacket on the water in an emergency.

See the Maritime Safety Queensland website for Lifejacket Rules and Types of lifejackets.

Weather and Tides

Hervey Bay Coastal Waters Forecast
Capricornia Coast Forecast
Bundaberg Coastal Waters Observations
Marine Weather Services information
Burnett Heads Tides

What to Do In an Emergency

All mariners should have a plan in case disaster strikes. Your plan may look like this:

Make radio contact with the nearest volunteer marine rescue group and provide your vessel location; nature of problem; and number of people on board.

Ensure vessel security and crew safety.

Provide medical aid where necessary.

If able, set an anchor and have all crew don life jackets.

If unable to use the radio:

And other vessels are nearby, discharge orange flares during daylight

If other vessels are nearby or you are within five kilometres of land, discharge red hand-held flare every 30 minutes.

Discharge parachute rocket flare when completely dark – discharge another one within one minute of the first being let off.

If there is no response from the discharge of flares, switch on EPIRB and secure lanyard

Prepare vessel and crew for possible overnight wait.

Useful Links

Maritime Safety Queensland - Boating Safety
Safety equipment for boats in Queensland
Register Your EPIRB - Distress Beacon

Handy Links

Boating Knots