Boating Safety Tips

Operating a vessel on open waters will expose you to many unpredictable risks and weather conditions that may cause harm to you and your passengers, and you boat. Taking the necessary safety precautions when using your boat is therefore extremely important.  For a detailed insight into available safety measures that you can take while operating your boat, you can contact your local coast guard.

Top tips on boating safety

Navigating your yacht, whether it is a short distance from one dock to another, or across international waters, has many risks. Without following the required safety measures and taking extra precautions, you could find yourself in difficulty on the water. Not only are you exposing yourself and your passengers on-board to the perils at sea, but without acting in a safe and prudent manner, you are risking damage to your valuable boat.

Here are some quick boating safety tips to follow…

1)      Always wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), otherwise known as a life jacket. This is one of the most important safe measures that boat owners should follow. It should also be noted that children are legally required to wear a coast guard approved PFD.

2)      Before taking your boat out, check the weather forecast for the areas and routes you intend to go.

3)      Avoid alcohol. At any time in your journey the weather can change and disaster can strike, so it is vital that you are coherent at all times.

4)      Do not speed. Avoid operating your boat at high speeds; in the instance that you hit a wave or lose control of the vessel, you could injure yourself or passengers on-board.

5)      Do not overload your boat with excess weight; this can refer to having unnecessary equipment onboard, or having too many passengers at one time.

6)      Enroll in boat safety classes. One of the best ways to stay informed and keep up to date with new safety measures that boat owners are required to follow, is to enroll in safety classes.

7)      Check the condition of your boat before journeys. You vessel should adhere to all safety standards in place, and a certificate should be obtained to prove the boat’s seaworthiness. As an added measure, you can check your fuel tank, gas and oil levels, and ventilation over the engine.

8)      Always carry a fire extinguisher on-board your boat. Fire at sea is extremely dangerous so it is paramount that you have the equipment on-board to handle a fire.

9)      Carry distress flares and have a fully functioning radio on your boat in cases of emergency.

10)   Ensure you have lights on your boat – especially when navigating your vessel during poor light, bad weather or during the night.