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Boating safety and equipment that is required at sea
Did you know that on average 2 young people are rescued from boats by the RNLI every single day?
Always be prepared and plan ahead.
Make sure you have the appropriate boating equipment and know what to do in an emergency to stay safe at sea.
1. Wear a lifejacket
It could save your life! You never know what might happen when you are out in a boat so always wear a lifejacket. Make sure it is the right size for you, fasten all straps properly (including the crotch strap) so they don't feel loose or you will struggle to keep your head above water if you go overboard.
2. Check the engine and fuel
If your boat has an engine, check with an adult that it works properly. With the same adult, make sure you have enough fuel for your trip, after all, you want to make sure you get home safely!
3. Tell others where you are going
Always tell somebody responsible where you are going and when you will be back. They will be able to raise the alarm if they get worried and you are not back on time.
4. Carry some means of calling for help
Do you know what to do if there is an emergency and you need to call for help? Here are 4 ways you can contact someone in an emergency:
- A Whistle - A VHF radio- A mobile phone - A Flare
5. Keep an eye on weather and tides
Always check the weather forecast before you go out on the sea. The weather can change very quickly and you can find yourself in danger if you are not careful. Do you know the times of the tide? Always check them with an adult before you set out, this will help you to navigate past hidden dangers. If in doubt, don't go out!
If you or your parents would like more detailed information about boating safety, email us for your free complete guide to sea safety.
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