Crossing a bar is one of the riskiest things you’ll ever do, no matter how experienced you are.

There are three types of bar crossings – dangerous, very dangerous and extremely dangerous.

  • Check the weather within 12 hours of heading out.
  • Check the tide – always avoid low tide.
  • Talk to a local about the bar conditions.
  • Check the bar camera live feed.
  • Tie down any loose objects such as anchor and ropes.
  • Everyone must wear a lifejacket.
  • Contact Coastguard on VHF immediately before you cross and after you’ve  successfully crossed. 
  • Avoid ebb or falling tides (between high tide and low tide, when water flows away from the shore).
  • Check out distress signals.
  • Read "Crossing a Bar" in Boating the Bay Handbook.