Boating on the ocean is an incredibly pleasurable, but highly dangerous activity. You can prevent becoming one of the thousands of annual boating accident victims by following these simple ‘safe boating’ tips and brushing up on your boating safety.
Before embarking on your boat trip, check your vessel to ensure everything from the boat itself to safety and communications equipment is in perfect working order.
Many boating accidents are caused by operator errors and lack of knowledge in terms of dealing with emergency situations. Make sure you know how to handle the boat correctly and do consider taking a boating safety course. This includes educating yourself about the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning (where it can accumulate on a boat; what the symptoms are, and so on).
Wearing a life jacket at all times is imperative, as accidents on the ocean can and will happen, especially if weather conditions deteriorate, which can happen very suddenly and rapidly. When canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding, wet suits (and, if boating in particularly cold ocean regions, dry suits) are highly recommended to prevent cold water shock and/or hypothermia.
Planning for emergencies
Keep potential accidental injuries at a minimum by helping rescuers to find you quickly and easily by preparing a float plan that can be quickly and easily conveyed to others in your boating party.
Keep the risk of slips, trips and falls on board minimal by keeping the deck, gangways, stairs etc free from clutter, storing equipment safely and out of the way and, as much as possible, keeping decks as dry as possible. Slip injuries during bad weather or in rough seas can be prevented by wearing suitable footwear with good grip and watching your step carefully. This obviously also applies to preventing slips and trips on jetties, harbour approaches, etc.
Boating under the influence
Mixing alcohol and boating is not only illegal, it is also highly dangerous. Drink responsibly and do not put yourself, passengers or other boaters at risk of personal injuries by over-indulging.
Trouble in paradise
Should the unexpected happen and you do sustain a boating injury as a result of an accident at sea, slip, trip or fall or other calamity through no fault of your own, you could potentially be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Processing public liability claims under conditional fee agreements, Accident Advice Helpline solicitors can help you get the injury compensation you are entitled to.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice