Carry two waterproof communication devices

Communication devices

Always carry at least two waterproof communication devices when on your trip so you can call for help. If you can’t get out of the water, you need to be rescued to survive. Your lifejacket buys you time to raise the alarm and wait for help. For rescuers to arrive, you need to let someone know you need them.

Carrying TWO types of waterproof communication devices is vital when out on the water. In case one fails, you have a secondary device which will ensure you can be rescued. If rescuers can’t find you, they can’t rescue you.

Your means of communication can range from a mobile phone, a marine radio or a distress beacon.


Mobile phone, marine radio, distress beacon


Carry a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch or bag. This ensures you will still be able to use it if wet. In an emergency, you can dial 000.


Marine radios are an important way of notifying others in an emergency. They can also be used to stay updated on the latest weather conditions.

When using a marine radio, use the VHF channel 16 to listen out for weather broadcasts.

Knowing the procedures and keep your messages clear and precise is key.

In an emergency use VHF channel 16 or on 27MHz use channel 88.


A distress beacon can consist of a personal locater beacon (PLB) or an emergency position indication radio beacon (EPIRB).

A registered 406 MHz distress beacon with GPS is your best chance of being rescued.

In an emergency activate your beacon to alert search and rescue services.

For the best chances, choose a beacon that has a GPS, deploy it correctly and make sure the batteries are in date before taking it on your boating trip.

Communication device