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406 MHz EPIRBs and PLBs - with GPS

Part 1 - Do you need an EPIRB or a PLB?

The fact that you have already found our page suggests that you already know something about emergency beacons, so we won't put a lot of detail about them here. It is, however, important to understand the main differences between EPIRBs and PLBs (we won't cover Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) here).

An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is an emergency beacon designed to float in water and operate for a minimum of 48 hours.
A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is an emergency beacon for personal use, designed to operate for a minimum of 24 hours. PLBs are often carried:
If you do not have a specific need to carry an EPIRB, we recommend that you carry a PLB as they are much smaller and lighter.
Note: Where law requires that an EPIRB be carried, a PLB can not be carried instead of an EPIRB.

More detailed information is available on the website of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (opens in a new tab).


Part 2 - Hire rates

All of our PLBs and EPIRBs are digital (406 Mhz) GPS-enabled beacons, meaning that they determine their location prior to transmitting this location and the beacon's unique reference number. This signal is received and actioned by the AMSA in Canberra, ACT.

Item
1-3 days
4-7 days
8-13 days
14+ days
Information
EPIRB
55
60
60 for the first 7 days and then $5/day thereafter
Ask us
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
55
60
60 for the first 7 days and then $5/day thereafter
Ask us
Prices do not include delivery and are as at June 2016.

In addition to our hire fee, we require a deposit, refundable upon return of the beacon.

Special offers:

Bibbulmun Track, Heysen Trail and Larapinta Trail walkers:
Please ask about our special offer for hikes of more than 7-days duration!

Customers of -
Get a discount off our hire fee if you have purchased anything from one of these businesses in the 60 days prior to the date you collect your hire beacon. Just show us your receipt!


Part 3 - Collecting and returning PLBs/EPIRBs

Collection and return of beacons is possible at the following locations:

Locations
City
Suburb
PLB
EPIRB
Map of emergency beacon collection locations
Adelaide, SA Glenunga
Yes
Yes*
Albany, WA Albany
Yes*
No
Alice Springs, NT Alice Springs
Yes
No
Cairns, QLD Cairns CBD
Yes
No
Darwin, NT Berrimah
Yes
No
Gold Coast, QLD Coolangatta
Yes*
No
Hobart, TAS Hobart CBD
Yes
No
Melbourne, VIC Cheltenham
Yes
Yes
Melbourne CBD
Yes
Yes
Narooma, NSW Narooma
Yes*
No
Perth, WA Duncraig
Yes
Yes
Perth CBD
Yes
No
Sydney, NSW Haymarket
Yes
No

* Please give us as much notice as possible.

Other areas - shipping via Australia Post:
Clients in other areas can request delivery and return via Australia Post. Additional costs (express parcel postage and insurance) apply.
We cannot dispatch a beacon until we receive cleared funds to our bank account.
Deposits are remitted back to client's bank accounts once the beacon has been returned.

Please ensure that you book your beacon as early as possible!


Part 4 - How to proceed

  1. Please contact us via email or phone to ensure that we have a beacon available for the duration of your trip, from your preferred collection and return location. We offer a number of collection and return locations for your convenience, and delivery and return of beacons is also possible via Australia Post at additional cost - please ask us.
  2. Please download, complete and send us our Beacon registration form/agreement (.docx format). We use the details from this form to update the AMSA beacon registration for the duration of your trip.
  3. We will provide instructions for the payment of the hire fee and deposit, and collection of the beacon.
  4. Once you have collected your beacon, please:
    1. Refer to the PLB user manual extracts / EPIRB user manual extracts we have provided - these extracts are worth printing and taking with you. Extracts for our PLBs are also provided in PDF format so you can save them to a mobile device.
    2. Download proof of beacon registration (.docx). Find out why you should do this.

Hire a privately owned PLB

Why not hire a PLB from someone who doesn't need to use theirs! Find out more.
List your PLB for other people to hire.


Want to know more?

Phone us
0431 176 282
Email
Download
Visit
The website of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)

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