Marine Rescue Hervey Bay (VMR 466)
If you have recently joined VMR Hervey Bay come along and let us introduce ourselves. Spend an hour or so in our conference room at the base and we will give you some introductory information about boating in the Hervey Bay area along with some background information on Volunteer Marine Rescue operations and procedures. Even if you are just thinking about joining VMR, or maybe wondering about becoming one of our volunteer workers, please come along and we will do our very best to answer any questions you may have. If you do plan on attending, would you please book a place by phoning our office during office hours on 4128 9666. The final Information Evening for 2013 is scheduled for 6:30pm on November 5th.
We provide regular training courses at our base for your Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP) or VHF Only Certificate of Proficiency (MROVCP). Courses are held on various days of the week, to suit attendees, usually from 08:30 to 16:30. We make no charge for the course but the Office of Maritime Communication has an examination fee of $63.50. Upon passing the exam, held at the end of the day, they will issue your lifetime Licence. Radio Operators handbooks (if required) can be purchased from the VMR office. Please call in to our office, or telephone us on 4128 9666, for any further information.
A large amount of debris is floating in Hervey Bay, the Great Sandy Straits and local creeks and rivers. Much of it is floating just underneath the surface - keep a good lookout when making way. Note the following significant navigational issues : (Updated 20th March) 1. The Red Beacon at Gatakers boat ramp is missing. 2. Many buoys in the Mary River and in the vicinty of River Heads are off station or missing. M4, M6, HS2, M8 & M14 are in position. 3. A small temporary beacon is in the position of U1 at Ungowa. 4. Water depth has changed around EU1 and at Moon Point - approach with caution.
Marine Rescue Hervey Bay is looking for Volunteers to work in the Administration team. If you are able to donate your time for one morning or one afternoon a week, Monday to Friday, we would love to hear from you. 'Administration' does mean looking after the paperwork, but more importantly also looking after our customers who come into the office and shop. We will provide you with a uniform and all necessary training - once you're comfortable in the office we can arrange for you to experience life on a rescue boat and in the radio room, if you wish, so you get 'the full picture'. Become one of our team of 60 Volunteers - phone the office for a chat on 4128 9666 during office hours.