Safety at Sea
 

The sea is a boaters and an offshore anglers paradise and playground. Respect the sea, don't abuse it.

 

To make sure that your trip is both safe and enjoyable, here are a few points to remember when you take the boat out offshore for pleasure or for fishing.

  • Be sure to carry life vests for the number of persons on board and wear them at the slightest indication of choppy sea or the weather turning unfriendly.

  • Over loading a boat can be fatal. Never do it.

  • Tell someone responsible onshore where you are going and when to expect you back.

  • Check fuel and fishing equipment before leaving shore. Always carry extra fuel.

  • Never ever ignore weather warning signals or any sign whatsoever, of unexpected bad weather.

  • Try to carry along, a Compass, GPS and Tool Box, if possible, a Fire Extinguisher.

  • Frequently check the water wake to see how it effects others on the boat and adjust your speed accordingly. This is important to comfort.

  • You must understand that the Group Leader or Boat Captain, is responsible for the safety of all on board and it is their duty to see that everyone knows and complies with proper safety measures.

  • Follow navigation rules for boat traffic and avoid areas where there are swimmers, divers and fallen skiers.

  • Never ever speed up or race with other boats inside the Breakwater. Give others the right of way.

  • It is well advised not to carry alcohol in open water as alcohol and open water don't blend or mix well.

  • Always carry extra food, specially fruits and lots of drinking water. Avoid greasy or very spicy foods before you set out offshore.

  • Carry sufficient bait if your are going stationary boat fishing. It's better to be safe than sorry.

  • Take along sea sickness tablets like Marzine or Avomine and a First Aid Kit Box.

Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you will feed him for life.

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