It is important to stay safe when going out boating out at sea, so we combined some tips to help you stay safe. It is however important to listen carefully at safety briefings if they are provided as there may be some local specifics which we cannot cover.
Being prepared can stop you from putting yourself and others in danger. There should be an element to planning of even the short trips. Just think about the type of boat that you have, its limitations and where you are planning to go. When you are out at sea, it is not always possible to go from A to B directly, as there may be other ships involved, or areas that you cannot go to, e.g. swim areas.
Tides and currents are also an important factor to consider. Keep in mind that these may change during your trip as well, especially if you are near the coastline.
If you are planning to go further out at sea or a longer river trip, check for any navigation dangers, like notices to mariners or river guides for any hazards that you can encounter in your river journey.
Weather can also be an important factor when out at sea, so check marine weather forecasts for any sudden condition changes that can occur while you are out.
Also ensure to tell others that you are going out to sea, and what your plans are.
Many factors can determine your safety on any given day, for example, your boat, your crew, the equipment or your knowledge. Try not to go beyond your knowledge and abilities as this will be unsafe for both, you, your crew and anyone surrounding you. Ensure that you know what you crew and your boat can do before taking off on a trip.
We advise all those that are boating to avoid alcohol for the whole duration of the trip.
It is impossible to plan for all possible outcomes, but being prepared and knowing what you can do, will help you staying safe.
Ensure that the boat is in good shape and that you have all the required equipment onboard before leaving the shore. The items you require will differ depending on if the trip is a short one or one that will last through the night.
It is up to you to ensure that all the required items are onboard. The UK laws for pleasure boats require very little but you should be sure to have everything that will help you to stay safe.
We recommend that if you plan your day out at sea, someone else knows about it and the approximate time that you will return. It is preferred if you plan to go far out to sea to have another means of communicating. Mobile phones are normally not considered as adequate communication methods although in many cases for near shore trips they can work. The limited coverage may affect the effectiveness of using mobile phones in case of emergency so please do consider using alternative methods.
Do you want to experience the ultimate adrenalin rush as you experience the thrill and excitement of powering across the water? Try Jet Skiing once and you'll remember the thrill and excitement for the rest of your life! If you find Jet Skiing is not for you, you can always try other alternatives from power boats to sailing. We also recommend trying going on a cruise if you enjoy the calmness of water and would like to have a guided tour of various locations.
For beginners it is recommended to rent all the required equipment and go through tuition for your chosen water adventure. Please do pay special notice to safety briefings, as they do outline very important information that will keep you safe.
Our website covers many different choices of personal watercraft, but we will mainly focus on those that are with boats and jet skis, this will include sailing and kayaking.