Why You Need a Call Sign When Boating in New Zealand

October 2023

If you're a boater in New Zealand, you need a call sign. A call sign is a unique identifier that is used to identify your boat when you're communicating on the VHF radio. It's important to have a call sign for a number of reasons, including:

  • It helps to ensure safety. If you're in an emergency, a call sign can help Coastguard and other rescue services to identify you and your boat.
  • It helps to prevent collisions. When you're communicating on the VHF radio, your call sign can help other boaters to identify you and avoid collisions.
  • It helps to facilitate communication. A call sign makes it easier for you to communicate with other boaters, such as when you're passing information about your location or intentions.

How to Get a Call Sign

To get a call sign, you can apply on the Boating education website. The application fee is $60.

When you apply for a call sign, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Your name and address
  • The name of your boat
  • The length of your boat
  • The type of your boat
  • The location where you will be using your boat

Once your application is approved, you will be issued with a call sign. You will need to display your call sign on your boat in a visible location.