What exactly is SafeTrx and how can it keep me safe?

Many people have been excitedly talking about the SafeTrx Ap, but what does it actually do to help keep you safe?

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The RYA outlines the key points of SafeTrx as:

  • Monitors your boat journeys and can alert emergency contacts should you fail to arrive on time. It allows you to track your journey on your phone.
  • The app provides all recreational boat users, particularly dinghy cruisers, Personal Watercraft (PWC) users, RIB users, canoers, kayakers, wind and kite surfers and smaller boat users with an easily accessible and simple to use means that can inform HM Coastguard of their voyage plans and dynamic location in the event of distress.
  • This app is freely available to anyone who wants to be safer afloat. It is free to download and there is no charge to use it.
  • You can enter your journey details directly from your smartphone and plan a trip knowing that should you not arrive by the time given, a nominated emergency contact will be alerted and advised to initiate appropriate action.
  • Where an emergency contact calls HM Coastguard about an overdue trip, they will have access to your location and SafeTrx trip data through a secure SafeTrx server.
  • Since SafeTrx periodically sends your location data back to a dedicated server, HM Coastguard’s response team can get help directly to you, and quickly.
  • Whilst components of the GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety system) remain the preferred means for communication and distress alerting, the SafeTrx app is a useful backup and particularly helpful for those on the many small craft that do not have the ability to fit or carry standard GMDSS equipment.
  • SafeTrx is an accessible tool that leisure craft users can use when going to sea. It does not replace GMDSS, EPIRB, PLB or AIS.

We were also keen to learn that divers and open water swimmers are now downloading the ap and using it for their activity by registering themselves. Our team whilst on a visit to a Coastguard Operations Centre were able to observe first hand the benefits of the SafeTrx system by watching an operational demonstration.

Download the SafeTrx Ap via the Play Store here

Download the SafeTrx Ap via the Ap Store here

More detailed information on the RYA SafeTrx Ap

The SafeTrx dedicated website

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The RYA SafeTrx user guide

RYA FAQ’s on SafeTrx

Acknowledgements
We are hugely grateful to the RYA and HM Coastguard for the use of words and pictures