RYA SafeTrx

In 2018 HM Coastguard approved RYA SafeTrx as its replacement for the official voluntary safety identification scheme, better known as CG66.

The key components of the RYA SafeTrx system are:

For users who do not want to use the app, there is the option to register an account and vessel details online via the RYA SafeTrx website. Please read the RYA SafeTrx user guide for guidance on how to register an account and add your vessel details. The details you enter will be kept in the RYA SafeTrx database and will be available to HM Coastguard if you ever need assistance.  

RYA SafeTrx website

For users who do not want to use the app, there is the option to register an account and vessel details online via the RYA SafeTrx website.

 
RYA SafeTrx user guide

The RYA SafeTrx user guide provides information on both the RYA SafeTrx app and the RYA SafeTrx website.

 
RYA SafeTrx FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions.

 

Get the RYA SafeTrx app on your Apple device. Requires Apple’s iOS 10.0 and above (filter by "iPhone Only" in the App Store).

Get the RYA SafeTrx app on your Android phone. Requires Android’s OS 4.2 and above.

About RYA SafeTrx 

App

The RYA SafeTrx app monitors your boat journeys and can alert emergency contacts should you fail to arrive on time.  It is an app for both Android and Apple iOS smartphones that allows you to track your journey on your phone.

The app provides all recreational boat users, particularly dinghy cruisers, PWC users, RIB users, canoers, kayakers, wind and kite surfers and smaller boat users with an easily accessible and simple to use means that can inform HM Coastguard of their voyage plans and dynamic location in the event of distress.

This app is freely available to anyone who wants to be safer afloat. It is free to download and there is no charge to use it. 

You can enter your journey details directly from your smartphone and plan a trip knowing that should you not arrive by the time given, a nominated emergency contact will be alerted and advised to initiate appropriate action.

Where an emergency contact calls HM Coastguard about an overdue trip, they will have access to your location and SafeTrx trip data through a secure SafeTrx server.

Since RYA SafeTrx periodically sends your location data back to a dedicated server, HM Coastguard's response team can get help directly to you, and quickly.

Whilst components of the GMDSS system remain the preferred means for communication and distress alerting, the RYA SafeTrx app is a useful backup and particularly helpful for those on the many small craft that do not have the ability to fit or carry standard GMDSS equipment.

RYA SafeTrx is an accessible tool that leisure craft users can use when going to sea.  It does not replace GMDSS, EPIRB, PLB or AIS.

Website

 

In addition to the features the app offers, users also have access to the RYA SafeTrx website.  Here you can also manage your account, vessel details and emergency contacts, plus personalise checklists and review your trips.

For users who do not want to use the app, there is the option to register an account and vessel details online via the RYA SafeTrx website.  Please read the RYA SafeTrx user guide for guidance on how to register an account and add your vessel details.  The details you enter will be kept in the RYA SafeTrx database and will be available to HM Coastguard if you ever need assistance. 

RYA SafeTrx & CG66

 

On 4 July 2018, HM Coastguard approved RYA SafeTrx as its replacement for the official voluntary safety identification scheme, better known as CG66.

RYA SafeTrx builds on the advantages of the CG66 scheme to assist HM Coastguard with Search and Rescue and it provides enhanced functionality if used together with the optional RYA SafeTrx mobile app.

As part of the changeover, HM Coastguard stopped taking registrations for the CG66 scheme on 11 July 2018 but retained access to the CG66 database until the end of March 2020.

The data from CG66 has not been migrated to the RYA SafeTrx database.  Therefore, anyone who wishes to make use of RYA SafeTrx will need to register on the RYA SafeTrx system when and if they choose to do so.

RYA SafeTrx offers the full CG66 database function with additional lifesaving technologies provided by the RYA SafeTrx app. 

If you do not wish to use the mobile app, you can register an account and your vessel details online at the RYA SafeTrx website.  Please read the RYA SafeTrx user guide for guidance on how to register an account and add your vessel details.

If you choose to register this way, the details you enter will be stored in the RYA SafeTrx database and will be available to HM Coastguard should you ever need assistance. 

You do not need to use the app for your details to be available to HM Coastguard if you ever need assistance.

RYA SafeTrx app features

RYA SafeTrx app is more than a mobile vessel tracking application, it is also a practical tool that equips you with the knowledge to be safer at sea.

These features are available within the latest version of the app:

  • Sail Plan mode records a starting point, a destination and an estimated time of arrival (ETA). It sends SMS messages to your emergency contact(s) if you exceed your ETA. To avoid a false alert, ensure that you end your trip on arrival at your destination or extend the trip ETA time. Please make sure that you end your trip in the app on arrival at your destination, just closing the app does not end the trip. Please also ensure you enter a valid mobile number for your emergency contacts.       
  • Quickly start recording using the Track Only mode to begin tracking at a touch of a button. Change the recording interval to save on battery consumption when your tracking is in progress. Choose from continuous, 5 minute, 10 minute or 30 minute recording intervals.  Review performance analytics after recording your track.

Preparation

  • Find nearby ports, their locations and contact details.
  • Access VHF channel information for your planned route.
  • Get familiar with lifeboat station locations for your planned route.
  • Check UK Met Office sea area forecasts for your waypoints and destination.
  • Check daily tidal information through the UKHO Admiralty EasyTide service.

Safety information and checklists

  • Check the ‘Safety Information’ section for guidelines on: Equipment for UK Pleasure Vessels, Life Saving Signals, Levels of Buoyancy in Personal Flotation Devices and SOLAS Regulations for Pleasure Craft.
  • Equipment and safety checklists for all types of craft helps you better prepare for going on the water. Set up your checklists directly from the app.
  • Review the various types of buoys as prescribed by IALA’s Aids to Navigation.

Communications

  • Find the nearest VHF channels while out on the water based on your current location.
  • Receive maritime safety messages and marine notices through the RYA SafeTrx app and SMS messages.
  • Activate an emergency call to 999 without an active trip. When in UK waters, the app will automatically determine your location and direct the call to the UK emergency services.

Your profile and trip history

  • Manage your profile, vessel, checklist and emergency contact information within the app.
  • Keep a clean record of trips in ‘Trip History’ with the option to delete individual trips on the app.

Getting started


 

  • Download the RYA SafeTrx app from the UK Apple App Store and Google Play Store
  • Register a new account on the RYA SafeTrx app
  • Login to the app with your e-mail and password
  • Register your boat and emergency contact details

In addition to the features the app offers, users also have access to the RYA SafeTrx website.  Here you can also manage your account, vessel details and emergency contacts, plus personalise checklists and review your trips. 

For users who do not want to use the app but wish details to be available to HM Coastguard if you ever need assistance, there is the option to register an account and vessel details online via the RYA SafeTrx website.  Please read the RYA SafeTrx user guide for guidance on how to register an account and add your vessel details.  If you choose to register this way, the details you enter will be kept in the RYA SafeTrx database and will be available to HM Coastguard if you ever need assistance. 

If, when registering, RYA SafeTrx displays a message to say that your email address already exists, please try entering your email into the RYA SafeTrx website password reset page and resetting your password.  Once reset, please try to log into the RYA SafeTrx app or RYA SafeTrx website again.

Useful information when using the app

  • Tell your emergency contact what you are doing and that they have been nominated. RYA SafeTrx app gives you the option of sending your emergency contacts a SMS with your Sail Plan trip details after you start your trip and also after you closed your trip to let them know that you have arrived safely. The emergency contacts section in the app also gives you the option to send them a SMS to let them know that they have been nominated.

  • If you cannot close a Sail Plan or Track Only trip, call or SMS your emergency contact to tell them you have arrived safely.

  • If you cannot make contact with your emergency contact, HM Coastguard can be contacted over VHF or phone so that you can advise them that you have arrived safely.

  • Once a Sail Plan is started in the RYA SafeTrx app, the passage plan is logged on a central RYA SafeTrx server which automatically monitors your ETA.  Should you and your phone go overboard and the trip goes overdue, the RYA SafeTrx server will automatically send the SMS messages to your emergency contacts. Please see the question “What happens if I fail to close my Sail Plan within the logged ETA?" in the Sail Plan and Track Only section of the FAQs below.  The RYA SafeTrx Sail Plan escalation SMS messages and timings are determined by HM Coastguard and their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

  • It is important to consider the level of cellular coverage in the area you plan on sailing in and particularly at your destination. The RYA SafeTrx app does requires a mobile data connection to transmit location data in real time, and to start/stop Sail Plan and Track Only trips. As a guideline on mobile coverage, OFCOM have a mobile coverage checker app that may be useful when deciding to log a Sail Plan or not. Boats sailing to more remote areas that have intermittent reception should be GMDSS equipped in such instances.  By registering on the RYA SafeTrx database alone, you have the confidence of knowing that HM Coastguard will be able to look at your information for the purposes of search and rescue if ever you need assistance.