Each year marine rescue and life saving organisations respond to thousands of calls for assistance from people in trouble along the coastline, on the ocean, or on inland waterways. Many of these incidents are caused by or made worse by the weather. Understanding the impact of weather hazards can help you be better prepared, or change your plans for safer conditions. Weather hazards vary and include Wind, Waves & Swell, Tides and a Change in Conditions. Checking the weather forecasts before you go out and while you are out on the water gives you the best chance to alter course or return to shore safely if the weather changes suddenly.
Bad weather can create a situation of heightened risk. If you plan to spend time on or near the water, it is useful to learn about your local weather regimes and how a change in conditions can make the waterways rough in certain areas. If you are preparing to head out on the water, take note of forecasts indicating reduced visibility from fog or rain, or risks to safety and comfort from thunderstorms, lightning or squall conditions always be prepared for extreme weather conditions.
With an extensive coastal shoreline, rivers and estuaries that cover over 6,000 kilometres, the weather conditions on South Australian waterways is many and varied. Weather conditions on the waterway can change quickly, especially on open ocean waters and lakes. Find a waterside location that interests you and start researching the tides, inlets and marinas. Discover Boating and stay up to date with the latest weather watch Marine & Ocean Weather Warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology.
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