Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) have issued an alert on Sunday after a Bureau of Meteorology warning about dangerous surf conditions on the NSW South Coast.
The dangerous surf conditions extend from Broken Bay north of Sydney to Gabo Island below the Victorian border.
Dangerous surf conditions developed on the coast south of around Batemans Bay this morning, and may extend further north during the day.
Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore with meteorologists warning conditions are stronger than they appear.
Strong winds can also cause dangerous conditions for vessels on moorings which have been poorly maintained.
Every skipper is responsible for the safety of their vessel and all on board.
RMS advises skippers to:
• Check the official weather forecast before and during boating
• Ensure the boat and its equipment is suitable for the conditions
• Log on/off with a Marine Rescue NSW marine radio base for every trip offshore
• Wear a lifejacket.
For more information:
Offshore boating safety: www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/offshore.html
Live vision of bar crossings: www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/webcams/web-cam.html
Official forecast: www.bom.gov.au/nsw
BoM maritime-specific advice: www.bom.gov.au/marine/about/four-vital-checks.shtml
Boating safety images: www.flickr.com/photos/nswmaritime/