EPIRB FAQs

How often should my EPIRB be tested?

  • EPIRBs should be self-tested monthly
  • Hydrostatic releases expire every 2 years and are user replaceable.
  • The battery expires after 5-10 years (depending on the manufacturer). Please refer to our products to see if the battery needs to be replaced by a certified service station.

How do I test my EPIRB?

  • To test your EPIRB,  hold the "TEST" button until the EPIRB starts flashing. If everything is working correctly it will flash 3 times, completing the test -- remember, it is recommended that you test your EPIRB once per month!
  • All models are different and have different test buttons/processes, please follow instructions on the unit to verify the proper self-tested method. If your EPIRB does not show clear or favorable results, it could mean your battery is low or something else is wrong. If you have any questions feel free to call us at (206) 782-3302, one of our technicians can walk you through the process.

WHAT KIND OF HYDROSTATIC RELEASE DO I NEED?

  • Hydrostatic releases are only required for Category I EPIRBs
  • There are several kinds of hydrostatic releases - most are the same as the brand of your EPIRB. If you have questions, give us a call!

HOW DO I REPLACE MY HYDROSTATIC RELEASE?

  • Hydrostatic releases are user replaceable - just pop them into the housing case.

How do I know if I need an EPIRB on my vessel?

  • EPIRBs are required if your vessel travels over 3 miles offshore.

HOW DO I REGISTER MY EPIRB or PLB?

  • Fill out a form provided by NOAA. You can then submit it via mail, fax, email, or through their website. Copies of the registration forms for the EPIRBs and PLBs may be found here.

My EPIRB was stolen, what do I do now?

  • Report the theft to your local police department.
  • Contact NOAA at (1-888-212-SAVE) and provide them with the police report information so your beacon registration can be updated with the appropriate remarks.

To gain a better understanding of how an EPIRB functions, take a look at the diagram below:

For further details on EPIRBs, give us a call