Here are our handy tips for safety on the water:

  • Make sure you are always familiar with any navigational dangers and up to Check with knowledgeable locals or the Coastguard before you set if you are unsure about where the safe channels are.
  • If launching from a trailer, launch from an area clear of rocks and other obstructions.
  • Always observe speed limits and be aware of your wash.
  • Avoid canoeists, anglers and divers and swimmers.
  • Make sure that you understand what different types of navigation marks and lights mean.
  • Make sure your navigation lights are on at night.
  • Avoid buoys, and markers used by fishermen or divers.
  • Always warn everyone on board if you plan to change speed or direction or if you are about to encounter rough water or waves
  • Get trained – understand all possible risks

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  • Regularly check your boat and equipment.
  • Check your engine before setting off a
  • Make sure that you have adequate fuel to complete your trip
  • Check the tides and weather forecast before you set out
  • Ensure that you take some means of calling for help. Mobile phones are not reliable. Flares are only a back-up to radio.
  • Always wear a life jacket and ensure that there’s a life jacket for everyone on board.
  • Tell others where you are going and times of your departure/arrival
  • Learn about first aid and always ensure that you have a first aid kit on board.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on board, know how to use them and keep readily accessible and maintained to the manufacturer’s specification.
  • Remember alcohol or some medication doesn’t mix with boating – and can seriously impair your judgement as well as accelerating the effects of hypothermia should you fall overboard.