Welcome to Marine Rescue Kioloa
We’ve got you covered…
Thanks to a major upgrade of its coastal communications infrastructure, Marine Rescue NSW now provides 24/7 continuous radio coverage along the NSW coastline from Point Danger in the North to Eden in the South. This extensive coastal radio service through our 44 Marine Rescue Units combined with normal mobile phone networks, ensures that no matter where you are or when you call, someone is listening at all times and is able to initiate a rescue response. Often this response will be from the nearest Marine Rescue unit but as a state-wide coordinated agency, and depending on the nature of the problem and level of urgency, rescue assets from other units may be activated or if appropriate, a rescue helicopter may be deployed. Whichever way, we’ve got you covered…
So if you see that “the lights are not on” at the Kioloa Base, this does not mean that your calls will not be answered or a rescue vessel will not be sent to help you. After hours, MR Kioloa still plays an important role in contributing to the Marine Rescue NSW 24/7 rescue response network.
How to Contact the Base
The vast majority of radio callers to Marine Rescue units are engaged in local coastal boating activities and carry radios and/or mobile phones. Although we strongly recommend that you carry a mobile phone when out boating, remember that if you are operating a vessel more than 2 nautical miles from the shore you are required by law to carry a radio. A radio is also recommended for all other vessels operating from Kioloa The recommended and most frequently used radio is VHF (Very High Frequency). Local Marine Rescue units also monitor 27Mhz radios however VHF radios are recommended to maximise the safety of boaters. For Logging On and Logging Off with MR Kioloa, the Marine Rescue mobile phone App is an increasingly popular and convenient method for communicating with the Base and ensuring your voyage details are known for your own safety. For more information on the App see www.marinerescuensw.com.au
Become a Volunteer
Ensuring that MR Kioloa and its rescue vessel Kioloa 20 have enough qualified volunteers presents a continuing challenge to the base and its small supporting community. In meeting this challenge MR Kioloa is seeking new volunteers to train as radio operators and boat crew. We’re on the lookout for people from a range of backgrounds aged 16 years or older who are keen to learn new skills in water safety, and experience the adventure of search and rescue aboard Kioloa 20. Click on the picture at left for application details.
Auxiliary members who can help out making crafts, jams, sauces and baking, and assisting on market days are always welcome.
Click here for more details.
A Reminder on Wearing Life Jackets
It was encouraging to see so many people launching from the ramp in small boats wearing life jackets over the holiday season. Marine Safety Regulation 2016 (NSW) states that each person on board a vessel under 4.8m (just under 15') in open waters must wear a life jacket (click the link in the left column for full details). If a vessel is longer than 4.8m, an appropriate life jacket for each person on board must be available. The operator of the vessel is responsible for the wearing of life jackets.
Marine Rescue NSW encourages the wearing of life jackets at all times while on board.
Open Day at MRK, Monday 7 January 2019
The Marine Rescue Kioloa Base Open Day on Monday 7 January 2018 was a success. Dozens of people came into the base and a healthy number were genuinely interested in what we are doing and how we operate. Thanks again to all MRK volunteers who attended and to all those visitors who came along to say hello.
MRK at Kioloa Fair, Saturday 5 January 2019
Marine Rescue Kioloa did a roaring trade in bruch at the Kioloa Fair. The mobile information booth attracted interest and the bric a brac stall held its own. It was great to see MRK's continuing presence at the Fair and to see so many new volunteers.
A big thank you to MRK volunteers contributing to the 2019 Fair, and for the work put in during the days and weeks leading up to Saturday. Your efforts effect the viability of the unit and the service it provides to the general public.
MRK made $4,432.00 from the craft, BBQ and bikes. In addition it received $303.75 in donations from the bucket. A total of $4,735.75.