Keeping Safe on the Water
Before heading out on the water make sure your boat is properly equipped and you have all the equipment needed to keep you safe.
Boat: the servicing of equipment for smaller boats is not required by law, but you still need to check equipment regularly for wear and tear or damage and where applicable service it in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Clothing: keeping warm and dry is important. Once you start to get cold your ability to think and function properly will deteriorate; you also need to protect yourself from over-exposure and dehydration on hot sunny days.
And as you are more likely to get wet (you are on water after all) the more technical your clothing requirements will need to be in order to keep you warm and dry. Clothes made from man-made fabrics may be preferable to those made of cotton which soak up body moisture and make you cold.
If you don’t expect to get wet, protection from the elements makes a waterproof jacket and trousers necessary – don’t forget gloves and a hat for your extremities. Always take spare clothing with you so you can add layers if necessary, it often feels colder on the water once you star motoring than it does on shore.
On a warm sunny day, at sea you may need a windproof layer to stay warm and remember your sun cream, sun glasses and a hat!
Lifejacket or buoyancy aid: make sure you and your crew have the right personal safety equipment, and ensure it’s well maintained and fits each person correctly.
Cold water shock occurs well before the effects of hypothermia. It can happen at any time of year; it only takes a water temperature of 15°C and below. It can cause a number of instant and powerful involuntary respiratory reflexes that can lead to death in minutes; WEAR A LIFEJACKET.
your kill cord: if you are on an open powerboat or RIB make sure you wear the Kill Cord. If your boat is not fitted with one, then get one fitted before you go out on the water. The kill cord should be attached around your leg. And always check your kill cord works before you go out on the water!
Have fun and stay safe.
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