Great tips boating safety
Safety Tips for Keen Boaties.
Before you hit the water make it a habit to go over standard safety precautions. Here are some great tips care of Maritime Safety NZ Ltd.
Check and record:
- Your departure date
- Your leaving time
- Marina you are leaving from
- Where you may be going whilst out on the water
- What time you expect to return
- Number of people on board
- Boat Name
- Auxilliary motor
- Boat’s Colour (Hull and Deck)
- Do you have flares on board?
- What is your radio call sign?
- Radio type i.e. VHF, CB
- Do you have life jackets for everyone on board?
- First Aid Kit
- Have you checked the marine weather report?
All of the above will aid Emergency Services greatly if you encounter any problems whilst out on the water.
Many of us think it will never happen to us or anyone we know but the reality is, it could and has and it is therefore imperative you record relevant information for family / friends / emergency services. This information goes a long way towards ensuring a safe outcome should any trouble occur during your trip.
WHEN BUYING YOUR BOAT
Consider the following:
Think about the type of boating you want to do and assess your own knowledge and experience. It is essential to get a boat that matches your needs, capabilities and experience. Join a local boating club and attend a Coastguard Boating Education course. They are affordable, invaluable and will enhance your experience on the water.
Make sure you understand the limitations and specifications of the boat you are looking at buying. Know what the maximum number of people it is suitable for, the maximum load it can carry and the sea conditions it can handle.
Get professional advice on your boat’s engine, mechanical systems and other fitted equipment.
Boatminders staff can assist you if you require expert advice when purchasing your new boat.
NOW YOU HAVE YOUR NEW BOAT
WHAT SHOULD YOU HAVE ON BOARD WHEN YOU GO OUT
- Life Jackets for everyone onboard
- Some form of communications i.e. VHF radio, cell ph etc
- Fire extinguisher
- Extra rope
- First Aid Kit
- Alternative Power i.e. Spare outboard, oars or paddles
- Protective clothing for all weather conditions
Life Jackets are a must! It is as vital to have buoyancy aids on board as it is to wear a safety belt every time you drive. Ensure that if you have children on board they have proper fitting jackets.