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Beacons news

Mandatory float-free EPIRBs

From 1 January 2021, float-free emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) will be mandatory on certain types of domestic commercial vessels.

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Mandatory float-free EPIRBs

Prepare to survive: Know the five

Published February 2019

Carrying a means of calling for help when out on the water is standard for most Victorian boaters and many paddlers, but too many think a mobile phone and/or hand-held radio are sufficient.

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No matter whether you’re travelling by land, sea or air, a GPS equipped distress beacon can mean all the difference in a life- threatening situation. Beacon registration can be completed online for free.

Buying a beacon

Published 07/06/2017

AMSA has improved the beacon registration system. The choice is yours. Use your mobile, tablet or computer to register your beacon online.

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Beacon information

Looking after your beacon

  1. Keep your registration up to date
  2. Replace your batteries before they expire
  3. Store your beacon correctly
  4. Test your beacon
  5. Dispose responsibly
  6. Service your beacon after use

Using your beacon

  1. In a life-threatening situation, activate your beacon
  2. Ensure you deploy your beacon correctly
  3. What happens after you activate your beacon