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- Exploring Weather Models and Observations with Nick Olson from Predict WindNick Olson joins us from Predict Wind for this episode of Boating Insights. Predict Wind is a leading weather forecasting and routing company that provides accurate and reliable weather information for boaters. The episode focuses on the following: Different models and accessing local weather data The interplay between routing and observations Using options like Iridium with GRIB files Use of currents in routing models To learn more about our weather and seamanship training courses, click here.
- Essential MMSI information with Linda Berryman from AMSAHaving an MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity) programmed into your AIS (Automatic Identification System) or marine radio is essential for: Safety and Identification: The MMSI serves as a unique identifier for your vessel, allowing other vessels and maritime authorities to identify your boat quickly. In emergencies, the MMSI helps rescue services locate and assist you quickly. AIS Communication: AIS transponders use the MMSI to exchange crucial information with other vessels and shore stations. This communication enhances situational awareness, especially in busy waterways or areas with high maritime traffic. Our guest expert for this episode of Boating Insights is Linda Berryman, whose role at AMSA involves providing specialist advice on distress alerting, communication and safety systems. You can apply for an Australian MMSI number by completing an MMSI application online at www.amsa.gov.au/mmsi Click here to learn more about radio courses and licencing options >
- Advancements in Marine Safety: A Discussion with Linda Berryman from AMSAThe Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) provides a search and rescue (SAR) service for Australia. Their search and rescue region covers the Australian continent and large areas of the Indian, Pacific, Southern Oceans, and Australian Antarctic territories. This region is nearly 53 million square kilometres (one-tenth of the Earth’s surface) and borders the search and rescue regions of 10 other countries. For this episode, we are joined by Linda Berryman, whose role at AMSA involves providing specialist advice on distress alerting, communication and safety systems, of which she has over 20 years of experience. Linda joins us to discuss some of the huge developments that have just taken place for marine safety, providing the boating community with some of the greatest technological advancements in over 30 years. SHOW NOTES The Search and Rescue maritime desk can be contacted on a 24-hour helpline 1800 641 792 or 02 6230 6811. Also, consider using your marine radio to communicate with the Coastguard, Water police, or nearby vessels and communicate your nature of distress and the assistance required. 406 MHz distress beacons must be compliant with the Australian and New Zealand standard, AS/NZS 4280.1 (EPIRB) or AS/NZS 4280.2 (PLB), and programmed with the Australian country code ‘503’ to be registered in Australia > list of beacons currently available to be registered in Australia and New Zealand. Click here to learn more about marine radio, passage planning and sea survival training courses we offer.
- Are you missing a trick?For this episode we are going to be looking at if you may be missing a trick with your boating, you'll not be surprised to hear there is a core focus on safety for this one. The ideas are based around one of the founding principles of all of our training: I HEAR I FORGET > I SEE I REMEMBER > I DO I UNDERSTAND. This link takes you to learn more about our e-learning courses that are available for you to enrol and start learning today.
- Turning a problem into an opportunityWe are looking at the opportunities that can arise from the unpredictable nature of boating. It's all the mindset, a huge part of the attraction of boating should ideally be the opportunity to never stop learning and to keep your mind and skills sharp in an unpredictable environment that rewards you for being well set up and prepared. Whether your boating is short day trips or ocean voyaging, the mindset of spinning problems into opportunities should help keep you safe and having more fun whenever you're out there.
- Your Boating Kit BagIn this episode, Neil takes you through the essential items he will always pack into a boating kit bag. Depending on the season, activity and location you are boating in, you will want to adjust what you carry, but this list will help to get you thinking about what you already take and see if there are any tweaks to your list that you can make. Learn more about this topic with our Safety & Sea Survival eLearning Course aabboating.com/sssc
- Dynamic Passage PlanningWhen you plan a passage, it's crucial to ensure you set up your plan to be dynamic so you can easily adjust for updated departure and arrival times. This episode takes you through how to manage avoidable slippage with your departure timing and the considerations for your ETA changing while you are on a passage. Online Skipper Course - Strategies for successful passage planning and implementation RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship - Navigation and meteorology for local adventurers RYA Day Skipper Shorebased - Navigation and meteorology for coastal explorers RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory - Navigation and meteorology for blue water skippers
- What are your options for reporting your position?When you are out at sea, many scenarios can arise where you may need to know and transmit your position. You may also need to be able to receive, record and navigate a position to assist. This podcast examines your options for getting a quick and accurate position. We also provide some ideas to help upskill people who are boating with you to assist with this to keep you free to manage the boat and any other situations that need your attention at that time. what3words > Learn more about our course here.
- Leave Your Comfort ZoneWithout leaving your comfort zone, you can't develop your skills. This podcast has five ideas that you can implement to help to leave your boating comfort zone and keep developing your skippering skills. You can use the links below to learn about our courses, logbook and ABB TV. > Courses > Logbook > ABB TV
- Prepare yourself for the voyage of a lifetime with John Hembrow - founder of the Down Under RallyThis episode of Boating Insights will help you to prepare for the voyage of a lifetime. John Hembrow joins Neil to share some of his extensive knowledge. John has been full-time cruising since 2009, created the Down Under Rally in 2014, and has led a range of yacht rallies in the SW Pacific and Australia since then. Learn more about the Down Under Rallies and membership Learn more about the Blue Water Skipper Course Package
- A change is as good as a holidayChanging some of the habits you have onboard can significantly impact the skill development of all involved. This episode takes you through some of the options you have for implementing changes through a typical day on the water that can help you explore more destinations, average more days on the water and avoid the issues that can come with skill fade and perishable knowledge. The training courses we mentioned in the episode are all on this link aabboating.com/learn
- Make tide your friendFor all coastal boating adventures, you will likely need an understanding of the tide. This Boating Insights video podcast episode takes you through some essential considerations to help make tide your friend. The episode begins by looking at the potential impact of the tide on a passage plan. The tidal situation can impact the flow and depths, or both. There are other localised impacts, such as on/offshore winds, heavy rain and flooding. You must know how to check and interpret how the range of the tide/tides compares with the mean spring range in your location. It is also essential to confirm the quality of information on apps and whether it relates to verified information from official sources. Finally, in case of grounding, always know if the tide is flooding or ebbing. We teach tides from an introductory to an advanced level with our internationally recognised RYA training courses. Each course builds on the knowledge gained in the previous course. 1) RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course: aabboating.com/navigation 2) RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course: aabboating.com/day-skipper 3) RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Course: aabboating.com/yachtmaster
- Boarding options for your boatingWhen boarding a boat from the land, a dinghy or the water, there are many details you can adjust to make it easier and safer for all involved. As part of this episode, we look at some ideas if you accidentally find yourself in the water whilst boarding to help make sure you can get back on board or onto the dock again.
- Interview with David Hows of Ocean Sailing Expeditions and PodcastIn this episode, we catch up with David Hows, the founder of Ocean Sailing Expeditions and the Ocean Sailing Podcast. David's a self-confessed sailing addict who loves introducing new people to his love of all things - sailing. David shares fantastic information about the options for gaining offshore sailing experience, training crews for emergency procedures at sea, buying boats overseas and some of his favourite destinations, which you can only reach by boat. The Sea, Safety and Survival Course David recommends for all participants joining them for offshore passages is on this link. Learn more about Ocean Sailing Expeditions and the Ocean Sailing Podcast - Click Here
- Marine ElectronicsThis episode looks at some of the key need-to-know features of your marine electrical system. We go through the options of how you generate and store power on board, understanding the amount of power being used at all times, and how to avoid accidentally wasting power or avoiding being caught out by the batteries being run flat and not available when you need them.
- Toys for your boatFor many boats, toys are a key part of the activity. This episode takes you through some of Neil's favourite boating toys, for swimming, fishing, towing, snorkelling, and paddle boarding, with tips on how to avoid your boat becoming overrun with toys and keeping everyone safe whilst you're using them.
- 5 ideas to simplify your boatFinding ways to make your boat safer and easier to use should always have a positive impact on how often and safely you can use your boat. This episode takes you through some of the options you could use to help keep the boat running smoothly and simplify your job of skippering and maintaining a boat.
- Covers and Canvas - Protecting your boat and crewThe covers on a boat are usually there to protect the boat, crew or both. Having covers set up correctly and making them simple to use will save money on maintenance and simplify the setup and pack up time whilst providing excellent protection. This episode takes you through the steps you can take to look after existing covers, adapt them to make them easier to use, and consider critical areas when purchasing new or replacement covers for your boat.
- Setting up and using an EPIRBEmergency Position Indication Radio Beacons which are usually referred to as EPIRBs play a huge role in the safety of a modern vessel. This episode looks at if you need to carry one, the differences between GPS and non GPS enabled models, considerations for your registration and why it's important, what the differences and similarities between a Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) and an EPIRB are, stowage and the adaptations for your boat set up if you are single or short-handed.
- Boating Holidays - How to make them awesomeBoating Holidays can be some of the most fantastic opportunities to enjoy being out on the water. This episode looks at the destinations, the different options available including bareboat charters, skippered charters, flotilla holidays, live-aboard boating courses and the options available for having a sail guide or skipper join you onboard. The course we mention in this episode is the Online Skipper Course: aabboating.com/online