Get with the tides

The NSW Government has released tidal predictions for the coming year.

The NSW Government has released tidal predictions for the coming year.

Boating enthusiasts are being encouraged to take advantage of a new State Government resource to help plan safe trips on NSW waterways.

The ‘NSW Tides 2014-15’ booklet, containing tidal predictions for the coming year,  containing tidal predictions for the coming year, can be downloaded from the Roads and Maritime website.

It is also available in hardcopy at boat shows, maritime service centres, some motor registries, and from boating safety officers and boating education officers.

“The NSW Tide Tables are provided free to boaters to help with trip preparation and planning, which is essential for safe boating, especially when planning to cross a coastal bar,” Member for Bega, Andrew Constance said.

“The tide tables can also help with planning for any change of conditions by anticipating wind, waves, tides and safe havens.

“Tidal predictions are calculated by the National Tidal Centre of Australia from daily tide recordings made at Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour.

“For those not boating on Sydney Harbour, there is a table of approximate time variations from the Fort Denison predictions for the tides at other locations along the NSW coastline and in coastal rivers.”

There is no time variation between Twofold Bay and Fort Denison.

The booklet draws special attention to the dates when tides are predicted to be at their highest or lowest levels, by highlighting the dates and predicted heights of high tides of 1.7m or more, and low tides of 0.3m or less.

Mr Constance said users of the tide tables should be aware the heights shown are predictions only, and the actual water height may vary.

To download tide tables, click here.

For information on safe boating, click here.

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