Saved by the Beacon National Campaign 

About "Saved by the Beacon" Campaign

Imagine you’re away from the coast, you don’t even see land anymore. Even worse, imagine that your boat is now taking on water and you don’t have cell phone reception. 

What do you do?alt

The NSBC’s Saved by the Beacon National Campaign is designed to educate recreational boaters about the importance of 406 MHz beacons and how to use them correctly in the case of a boating emergency.  

The Saved by the Beacon initiative will achieve the goal of introducing the definition of EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons) for one’s boat versus PLBs (Personal Locator Beacons) for one’s life jacket. NSBC will also compare the benefits of beacons to other commonly used mariner’s communications devices such as: VHF radios, GPS trackers and cellphones.

An understanding of the devices and their capabilities, illustrating the system capabilities, ensuring compliance and promoting NOAA registration while supporting efforts to compile the data and evaluate the success of the Saved by the Beacon message.

This campaign is being developed throughout 2015, so please check back often for more details or contact NSBC Executive Director Rachel Johnson at or (703) 361-4294 to see how you can implement Saved by the Beacon into your own outreach efforts.

"Saved by the Beacon" Resources:

Print PSAs


2015 Saved by the Beacon Press Kit (download here).

"Saved by the Beacon In the News" - catch the latest buzz on the Saved by the Beacon Campaign here. 

Additional Resources:

National Safe Boating Council Partnered with ACR Electronics to raise awareness about emergency locator beacon purchases and registration: Press Release, March 29, 2016

Press Release: NOAA satellites help in the rescue of 240 people last year. 

By law, owners of emergency beacons are required to register them with NOAA at

Learn how to mount an EPIRB here

Rent an EBIRB from BoatU.S. Foundation.

Download "Your VHF-DSC Marine Radio" Brochure.

Download the SAR GPS Brochure here