The Easter long weekend is one of the busiest times on the water in Queensland, and Redlands Coast boaties are being urged to play it safe.

Redland Bay Coast Guard commander Jason Boon said conditions on the water over Easter were “moderate” but stressed that boaties should keep an eye on the weather forecast.

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“There are moderate conditions expected over the weekend, but that can change, so make sure to monitor the weather,” Mr Boon said.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted an increasing easterly swell over southern Queensland waters from Friday, caused by a high pressure system near New Zealand.

Thunderstorms, wind speeds between 10 and 20 knots and one-metre swells are currently forecasted for Moreton Bay.

While the weather can’t be controlled, Mr Boon said there were some things boaties could prepare for.

“People should practise safe boating by wearing a lifejacket, ensuring they have adequate fuel, and making sure they log on and log off with their local marine rescue,” he said.

Mr Boon said boaties should log on whenever they head out onto the water.

They just need to provide contact details, a planned route and estimated return time so coast guards can ensure their safety.

Redland Bay Coast Guard will be manned each day of the Easter long weekend and on Anzac Day from 6am until 5pm and are available on VHF channel 73.

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