- Safety on board
- Safety equipment
1. PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES (PFDs). PFDs are strictly required by all the maritime laws in all the countries all over the world. There are a lot of different types of PFDs: • off-shore life jackets with neck support • near-shore buoyant life vests with neck support • light-weight life vests without neck support • throw-able devices: cushions, life rings, horseshoe buoys • buoyant life-saving clothes (jackets, trousers, etc.). To choose the right and legal PFDs it's better to contact your boating safety office to check for the concrete requirements. In every case the PFDs should have an official approval for use. AND REMEMBER - IT IS TO SAVE YOUR LIFE!!! 2. LIGHTS AND SIGNALS. Operating a boat at night without proper lights is just dumb, and against the law. So, look after your running lights to keep them in a good condition. Check your local navigation rules for the current regulations about the navigation signals and all necessary approvals for the navigation equipment - as they are different in different countries. Also sound signals, such as a whistle, a horn and visual distress signals, such as distress flares, smoke flares or even a simple electric torch are very reasonably to have on board - do not forget them! 3. HANDHELD VHF RADIO. Of course the radios have nothing to do with inflatables, but every boater should remember about them. A radio now is very portable, not heavy and it's not so complicated in use as it seems. There's a number of reasons to get it in your boat - do it. This thing is not for saying "HELLO!" - you may need it to say "HELP!!!". Using the VHF channel No16 in case of trouble you will be surrounded by rescuers or nearest boaters in minutes. 4. FIRE EXTINGUISHER. A fire extinguisher (even the smallest one) is recommended for every boat. Of course, for small dinghies with adjustable engines it's quite complicated. But for bigger boats, and especially for the boats with built-in fuel tanks it's quite necessary. Even if you never use it for your own boat - somebody else may need it in the sea or in the marina.
- Safety on the water
Of course, boating is a great enjoyment, but you must always remember that your life, lives of your passengers and the other people around are under the risk. Just some of the most common advice which will help you to avoid problems and enjoy boating: 1. KEEP OUT OF MARKED SWIMMING AREAS, DIVING AREAS AND COMMERCIALLY USED AREAS. 2. BE TOP ATTENTIVE NEAR ANY SWIMMING PEOPLE IN WATER AND FLOATING DIVERS BUOYS WITH "DIVER UNDER WATER" FLAGS. DO NOT APPROACH THEM WITH A RUNNING ENGINE. 3. WHEN BOATING ON HIGH SPEEDS, KEEP ALL YOUR PASSENGERS SEATING ON THE BOAT SEATS OR INSIDE THE BOAT. DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO SEAT ON THE BOARD, ESPECIALLY ON THE BOW. 4. Driving power boat ALWAYS WEAR THE ENGINE EMERGENCY STOP LANYARD ON YOUR HAND !!! 5. DO NOT MAKE SUDDEN TURNS WITHOUT ADVANCED WARNING OF PASSENGERS.