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HOW TO ACTIVATE YOUR KTI PLB

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Here we will demonstrate how to activate your KTi Personal Locator Beacon purchased from SkippersMate Australia or New Zealand. The video will show how it is possible to perform the action with one hand in a matter of seconds. Any questions, please call, chat or message me... Peter J Hackett


WHO IS AN INVIGILATOR?

Invigilators - Marine Radio Operators CertificatesAn invigilator is a person who supervisors Marine Radio Operators examinations.What is the role of the Invigilator?The role of the invigilator is to ensure the proper delivery of the examination in accordance with the Invigilator Guidelines (refer Invigilator Guidelines). Their role does not include the marking of papers or providing advice to [...]

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HEAD-BANGING MORNING TALK

I recently spent a head-banging morning talking to a New Zealand resident who had purchased an ACR, Australian-coded PLB from my store.He initially contacted me by email saying that he was unable to register the beacon in NZ with RCC (Rescue Coordination Centre) in Wellington. They'd also told him that, as a NZ resident, he [...]

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MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY - IMMINENT DANGER

Hopefully, you will never have to make a call which starts with these three repeated words but it’s a call that every boatie should know how to make and rehearse regularly so you are prepared for any emergency.To send a MayDay call if you are in grave or imminent danger, use marine radio VHF Channel [...]

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BOATING ALCOHOL FATIGUE

Boaters Fatigue There is nothing in this world more enjoyable than a cold beer on a hot day with the fish biting whilst messing about in boats. After a day out on the water in the sun, wind and glare, combined with the motion of the boat, it’s easy to suffer from what’s known as “boater fatigue” – a well-documented phenomenon where [...]

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NEW ZEALAND WELLINGTON WINDSURFER FEELING SAFER

Story from a Happy CustomerI recently sold a Personal Locator Beacon to a windsurfer in Wellington - New Zealand for around $NZ330.00 through www.skippersmate.com.auHe had been deliberating about buying one for a while because of the cost of them within New Zealand and had been using a combination of mobile phone and a VHF radio [...]

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DOG OVERBOARD - BLUE HEELER PRESUMED DROWNED!

My wife recently finished reading the story of Sophie Tucker, a young Blue Heeler who fell unseen from her humans’ boat in the Whitsundays and was presumed lost – until she turned up on St Bees Island, Queensland a few months later.Her story of survival is nothing short of miraculous. Most dogs would not have [...]

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STEVE COLLINS HAD A PLAN FOR HIS RETIREMENT, TO BUY A BOAT AND SAIL TO NEW ZEALAND.

Spend a few minutes as a Skipper and just think about your crew while watching his story - beacon activated, lifejackets on.Steve Collins had a plan for his retirement, to buy a boat and sail it to New Zealand. Not long after setting off things started to go wrong leading to a dramatic rescue off [...]

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SKIPPERSMATE TOO CHEAP FOR NEW ZEALAND RETAILERS - WHERE IS THE JUSTICE!

I sell Personal Locator Beacons (PLB’s) from the SkippersMate website and keep my prices intentionally low – not just because I’m a good bloke or for altruistic reasons – but because I’m passionate about safety and want as many people as possible to enjoy the outdoors, whether on water or land, with the mantle of [...]

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NEW MISSION CONTROL CENTRE IN CANBERRA TO MONITOR AUSTRALIAN NEW ZEALAND RESCUE BEACONS

Trans-Tasman contract to provide major boost to NZ search and rescue capability.Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) have signed a contract that will provide a major boost to search and rescue (SAR) in the region.The contract with McMurdo Group’s Techno-Sciences Inc. will improve the way emergency distress beacon signals are [...]

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