Small Boat Safety
Boating is a favorite outdoor activity in Florida, but sudden changes in weather can turn a pleasant day into a dangerous situation.
Typical weather across the inland and coastal waters of Florida poses many hazards to small boats. Many types of warnings, watches and advisories to inform boaters of potential weather-related dangers are issued by the National Weather Service offices as well as the National Hurricane Center. Local weather service offices also issue a short term forecast that covers a period up to six hours so boaters can plan their days on the water.
NOAA Weather Radio | Marine Radio
The NOAA Weather Radio is the best way to receive weather warning and forecast information from the local National Weather Service. Current weather information is broadcasted on different radio frequencies across Florida, 24-hours per day, 365 days a year. NOAA Weather Radios have alarm systems that alert people of warnings, watches and advisories. For more information visit the National Weather Service's NOAA Weather Radio Website.
Information pertaining to marine weather can be obtained via NOAA Weather Radio, with the broadcast available on the VHF weather band (channels 1-5). Boaters can also visit www.srh.noaa.gov/wml to check the current marine conditions and updated forecasts.
For information regarding Marine Hazards and Rip Currents visit the Florida Disaster.org.