Tidal Timetables for 2013-2014

Roads and Maritime Services has released its annual timetable of tidal predictions for the next 12 months which will help rock fisherman to stay safe when venturing out.

Checking tides is not only important for the boating public but also particularly important for rock fishers.

Dean Storey, SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager, is urging rock fisherman to consistently take the necessary precautions when fishing, particularly as we head into the winter period where rock fishing incidents tend to spike.

“Checking tides is of great importance to those wanting to go rock fishing to ensure they do not get caught out,” said Storey.

Surf Life Saving NSW advises the following key safety messages for rock fishermen:

  • Avoid rock fishing on the open coast during Dangerous Surf Warning periods
  • Always wear a lifejacket and non-slip footwear
  • Check tides, swell and weather conditions
  • Fish with a friend – never fish alone
  • Carry a mobile phone
  • Never turn your back to the sea
  • Always spend time watching the conditions before fishing, and constantly scan for changing conditions
  • If in doubt, don’t go out

For multi-lingual rock fishing safety information and other general beach safety advice go to Beachsafe.

For in-water emergencies, call 000-Police immediately.

Tidal predictions are calculated by the National Tidal Centre of Australia from daily tide recordings made at Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour. New tide tables cover the period from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 and are available from motor registries and maritime service centres as well as online.

Fri 7 Jun 2013