There are several steps that safe boaters leaving the dock:
- Be sure to check engine, sail and rigging before getting underway.
- Ensure that there is enough fuel for the trips you are about to make.
- Check the weather forecast – don’t leave if storms are predicated.
- Make sure that you leave a “float plan with someone reliable including where you are going, how many persons are on board and when you excepted to be return.
- Ensure that you have the basic safety equipment on board:
- Life jackets
- VHF Radio
- Horn or sounding signal device
- Fire extinguisher
- Life buoy or throw ring
- Anchor with rope
Safety precautions boaters should take before leaving the dock:
- When close to shore or other vessels maintain a safe speed and distance.
- Be aware of swimmers.
- Ensure the crew members know where to find life jackets and how to wear them.
- Do not pump waste overboard, close to shore or in harbour.
- Remember alcohol and boating do not mix. Always have a designated captain aboard.
- Remain seated while the vessel is in motion.
- Ensure you know the location of life jackets.
- Be aware of over loaded ferries. If you think that there are too many persons onboard disembark the vessel before it leaves the dock?
- Know where the emergency exists are.
- Follow safety briefing and instructions given by the crew before leaving the dock.
SAFETY BOATING IS TAKING ALL PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID ACCIDENTS