An EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) is an effective alerting and locating device which is compulsory for all vessels operating more than 2 nautical miles from the shore.
A distress beacon can mean the difference between life and death. In an emergency, the beacon once activated alerts search and rescue services. Once activated, the EPIRB transmits a signal for at least 48 hours and can be detected by satellites and aircraft. For the best chances, choose a beacon with GPS, deploy it correctly, and look after it by storing it safely and keeping your batteries in date.
EPIRB RegistrationWhen you purchase a new EPIRB you must register it online with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). This ensures that every activation of an EPIRB from a vessel is linked to the vessel and owner. You can rent, hire or borrow a beacon, but you must go onto the AMSA website and re-register your beacon for that particular voyage.
For more more information on purchasing, caring and how to use the beacon go to the AMSA website.