Safety Tips

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
    • Flares
    • 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.

Ferry Safety:

  • 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.