AUSTRALIAN boating safety app Deckee has experienced 120 per cent growth in downloads in Tasmania after being selected as Marine and Safety Tasmania’s (MAST) official safety app.
MAST chief executive officer Lia Morris said Deckee provided Tasmanian recreational boaters with specific safety information, weather forecasts, swell and tide information, and the location of public moorings.
“Deckee can help make time on the water safe and enjoyable,” she said.
“The majority of boating accidents in Tasmania occur over holiday periods, happening between December to January and Easter every year.
“In Tasmania, there are more than 62,000 recreational boating license holders and in excess of 30,000 registered vessels that take an average of 18 trips per year making water safety knowledge more important than ever.”
Deckee also gives access to MAST safety information, links to boat registration and licensing, trip preparation checklists and navigational rules.
Deckee founder and chief executive officer Mike McKiernan said by using Deckee, recreational boat owners exploring Tasmania’s 4,882 kilometre coastline can check their surroundings by using its comprehensive satellite map.
“Deckee enables boaties to check weather conditions, speed zones, visibility of restricted locations and be aware of nearby vessels – all potentially life-saving features,” he said.
“Users can also contribute their own knowledge by providing updates on points of interest, marine facilities and services and add missing information to help improve the map for the community.
“They can set reminders and expiry dates for their boat licence, boat registration and safety equipment such as lifejackets, flares, emergency beacons and fire extinguishers.”
While many boaters have benefitted from the free app’s inventive technology, Deckee is calling on Tasmanians to ensure they are up-to-date with key knowledge before taking to the water this Summer.
“Our partnership with Marine and Safety Tasmania is a huge achievement for our company, and it is a real honour to be recognised as their official safety app,” Mr McKiernan said.
“To think that our technology is helping Tasmanians stay informed on the water is something we are incredibly proud of.”
Deckee is available on iOS and Android devices or any device equipped with a web browser.
For more information, visit www.deckee.com.