Safety On Land & See


How it all works

Taking the search out of search and Rescue!


How many times has that been said by someone who ends up being rescued or worse?

Emergency location beacons are your last resort way of summoning help in the event of a catastrophe. Purchasing a unit gives you and your family great peace of mind.

Beware when buying a 406 from overseas! 
Each country has an individual 406 code. When you purchase a 406MHz distress beacon, it needs to be programmed for the New Zealand Rescue Co-ordination Centre. If you buy one from overseas or over the Internet, it could be an expensive mistake. Units designed to operate in our area are programmed with a unique identity including the New Zealand country code number 512. A unit obtained from elsewhere would have to be reprogrammed by a registered service centre at your cost. If this is not done, when the unit is activated the satellite may notify the wrong rescue coordination centre which could mean a long, potentially life-threatening delay in your rescue.


An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is used to alert search and rescue services in the event of an emergency. They do this by transmitting a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency. This message is relayed via satellite and earth station to the nearest rescue co-ordination centre.


It is illegal not to register your EPIRB or PLB