NOAA 2018 Tide Tables are Available

Supporting safe navigation and coastal recreation for 152 years.

beach at Crystal Cove, California. Photo credit: Anna Rott

The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls

NOAA and its predecessor agencies have been producing tide tables since the mid-1860s. In 2017, NOAA printed the 152nd edition. Credit: Anna Rott

NOAA 2018 tide tables are now available. NOAA tide tables have been in production for over 150 years and are used by both commercial and recreational mariners for safe navigation. Printed tide tables provide users with tide and tidal current predictions in an easy-to-read format for particular locations. NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services produce these tide tables on an annual basis.

Member nations of the International Hydrographic Organization make their annual tide and tidal current predictions publically available. This allows each member country to produce annual predictions for locations around the world, in their native language, for use by mariners, shipping industry, and recreational sector. NOAA's annual tide and tidal current tables include predictions for more than 10,000 international locations.

You can get tide predictions and tidal current predictions online for U.S. coastal stations for up to two years. These services do not provide international locations. NOAA also provides printed copies of the 2018 Tide Tables and Tidal Current Tables, visit the Tides and Currents website.

Note: Due to a recent decision by the U.S. Coast Guard Policy Office allowing the use of electronic tide and tidal current predictions to meet carriage requirements (33 CFR 164.33 and 46 CFR 28.225) for vessels operating in U.S. waters, NOAA is investigating the possibility of eliminating the paper publications of the annual Tide Tables and Tidal Current Tables by 2020. NOAA would still have all its NOAA Tide Predictions and NOAA Current predictions available in electronic form online. Over the next year, NOAA will be reaching out to users of these products to gather comments about the potential elimination of these publications. If you would like to contact NOAA about this matter, please email

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Since World War II, U.S. Coast Guard regulation 33 CFR 164.33 requires that all commercial vessels operating in U.S. waters must have copies of the annual tide and tidal current tables for their area.

Last updated: 11/20/17
Author: NOAA
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