Our safety on the water should always be a high priority, but is often something we can take for granted and especially when our minds are focused on enjoying and making the most of our time afloat. With the full support of the MCA, the RYA SafeTrx app promotes enjoyable boating, a safe mind set and good practice.
RYA SafeTrx monitors your boat journeys and alerts designated emergency contacts should you fail to arrive on time. Ideal for windsurfers, kite surfers and competitive sailing enthusiasts, RYA SafeTrx also offers a quick start feature that starts recording at the touch of a button and allows you to re-live trips using the track playback feature.
New for 2017!
This summer sees a number of exciting enhancements to the RYA SafeTrx app:
- Social Sharing: Give friends and family peace of mind ashore by sharing your real-time location with on a live map, and allow them track you while you’re on the water.
- Message Alerts: Improved message notifications mean that RYA SafeTrx mobile app users will be able to see incoming messages more clearly.
- Improved Emergency Contact Selection: Select subset of emergency contacts to communicate with when starting a Sail Plan trip.
- Quick Access to SafeTrx Tools: ‘Force Touch’ functionality to iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 so that end users can quickly initiate an emergency call, a Sail Plan trip or Track Only mode trip at the touch of the app icon button on the home screen.
How to subscribe – for free
You must be registered on the RYA website to use the app, registration is free and can be done here, once registered, you can download the app and sign in.
RYA SafeTrx is free to download from Apple's App store and the Google Play store. Once downloaded, boaters can run unlimited free trips using the app. In addition to the Sail Plan mode, the app has a tracking option called Track Only mode; ideal for windsurfers, kite surfers, dinghy sailors and powerboat enthusiasts. This enables boaters to analyse their speed and performance on the water while racing or cruising.
RYA SafeTrx is a widely accessible tool that any boater can use when going out on the water. While it is not intended to replace GMDSS, EPIRB, PLB, AIS or the Coastguard administered CG66, it is especially useful for those who use smaller boats such as RIBs, open powerboats and dinghies and those who do not have tracking and alerting devices on their boats.