MARTIME SAFETY QUEENSLAND

Distress Signals, Flares and EPIRBS.

Sea Kayaks are grouped by QLD Maritime Safety as Personal Water Craft – PWC.

 

If you attend a Club Event, you will not have to carry an Emergency Beacon! – Our events are held within Smooth or Partially Smooth Waters.
However, for those who venture further afield, then read on.

 

EMERGENCY BEACONS
What is an Emergency Beacon?
This is a small electronic device that, when activated in an emergency, can help search and rescue authorities pinpoint your position.
There are two types – EPIRBS and PLBs.
What is the difference between the two?
An EPIRB is registered to a vessel – in our case our Club.
A PLB is carried by an individual.
What should a Kayaker carry?
A PLB.
When should they be carried?
If you are operating beyond the limits of Smooth or Partially Smooth Water or more than 2 Nautical Miles from land.
Where should you carry it?
On your PFD where it is accessible – Do not carry it inside the hatches on your vessel.

 

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