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Volunteer coast guard

The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard is a not-for-profit national organisation that assists the Northern Territory (NT) water police in search and rescue.

Volunteer coast guards aim to do the following:

  • promote safety in boating
  • help protect lives and property
  • assist people involved in accidents
  • provide training to members and the public.

They carry out all of the following operations along the coastline and in waterways: 

  • radio monitoring on VHF channel 72 and the VHF emergency channel 16
  • safety patrols
  • vessel assistance
  • vessel tracking
  • search and rescue.

For more information go to the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard website.


In an emergency, contact the duty skipper on 0467 362 991.

For other enquiries, call 0401 653 207  or use the details listed below.

The Volunteer Coast Guard station in Darwin is called Flotillas Northern Territory (NTF1).

NTF1 Coast Guard Darwin
Darwin Trailer Boat Club - every Saturday morning from 9am to 1pm
Fannie Bay NT

PO Box 285
Parap NT 0820

To find out how to become a volunteer contact the NTF1 Flotilla Commander on 0401 653 207 or email fc.ntf1@coastguard.com.au.

For more information go to the Flotillas Northern Territory page on the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard website.

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Last updated: 08 December 2017

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