Safety Advice

The Boating Safety Code

Know before you go: 5 simple rules to help you stay safe

Before you go boating on our seas, lakes and rivers, get familiar with The Boating Safety Code, no matter what kind of boat you use.


1. LIFEJACKETS    
Take them - Wear them.  Boats, especially ones under 6m in length, can sink very quickly.  Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time in the water.

2. SKIPPER RESPONSIBILITY
The skipper is responsible for the safety of everyone on board and for the safe operation of the boat.  Stay within the limits of your vessel and your experience.

3. COMMUNICATIONS    
Take two separate waterproof ways of communicating so we can help you if you get into difficulties.

4. MARINE WEATHER
The weather can be highly unpredicatable. Check the local marine weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.  

5. AVOID ALCOHOL 
Safe boating and alcohol do not mix. Things can change quickly on the water. You need to stay alert and aware.