As enjoyable as boating is, it can also be extremely dangerous. In order to stay safe whilst on a boat, it is therefore necessary to follow a few simple safety tips like those listed below.
Stay safe whilst on a boat
You can help to ensure you and others stay safe whilst on a boat by:
- Being weather-wise. Always making sure you check weather conditions before setting off, and returning to shore immediately if you notice sudden drops in temperature, rough changing and volatile winds, or severely darkening clouds.
- Following a pre-departure checklist. Ensuring all equipment is in good working order and all boat safety precautions and rules have been attended to.
- Making sure another person on board is familiar with every aspect of handling and operating the boat, as well as overall boat safety in case you are injured or incapacitated in some manner.
- Always wearing a life jacket.
- Avoiding alcohol while handling or operating the boat.
You can further ensure you and your fellow crew members or passengers stay safe whilst on a boat by using common sense and always:
- Operating at safe speeds
- Staying alert
- Steering clear of large watercraft and vessels that may have limited ability to turn or stop
- Being respectful of varying navigational aids and buoys
- Keeping the deck clear of slip, trip and fall hazards to prevent slips, trips and falls
Letting others know where you are going and how long you intend to be away for is equally important. Develop a float plan so assistance can be provided as quickly as possible should an emergency arise.
Are you new to boating?
If you are new to boating, taking a boating course will ensure you have the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully prevent boating accidents. To minimise the risk drowning or near drowning, it is elementary to learn to swim.
Should you fall victim to a slip, trip or fall, sustain an injury by fire or explosions caused by malfunctioning equipment or indeed any other kind of boating accident, you may be entitled to claim for compensation if someone else was responsible for or caused your on-board accident.
Accident Advice Helpline
Our in-house team of injury solicitors can help you get personal injury compensation quickly. Find out how by calling us on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline, and discussing your case with one of our sympathetic, helpful advisors.