Do not wait for the first beautiful summer day to prepare for boating. Get an early start. By checking off your list and preparing your boating “must haves” before you hit the waters you’ll ensure a fun and save season of boating.

Gadgets

If you plan on cruising out during darker hours, make sure you check your lights, beacons, etc. Double check GPS, your anchors, and navigational tools.

Safety Equipment

Ensure that your safety equipment is in good condition. Life jackets are an essential part of navigating the open seas. Make sure that you have no damaged life jackets and enough on board for each of the people joining you on your voyages. If you have kids regularly with you make sure to have children’s life jackets, as they provide a more snug fit to properly protect the little ones. Don’t forget a first aid kit too.

Don’t forget fire extinguishers. If you’re not familiar with boating safety it may sound ironic to have a fire extinguisher when you’re surrounded by so much water. However, making sure you have a fire extinguisher can make the difference in keeping your boat afloat in case of an electronics or engine boat fire breaks out. If you already have one, make sure it still retains a proper charge after being stored throughout winter.

In case you have to issue a warning, common frequencies to contact rescue by radio board are channels 16 on VHF 156.8 Mhz and Onda Media, 2.182 Khz. In Digital Selective Calling (DSC) the channels are are VHF 156.525 MHz (Channel 70) and 2187.5 Khz Medium Wave.

Documentation

If you’re hitting the usual waterways you may not need anything fancy for documentation. But, if you’re planning a big adventure you should make sure to pack up on nautical charts, sailing routes, passports, etc.

There are different kinds of permissions, depending on the type of boat and skipper and the distance to be traveled. The type of boat that will allow you to sail a certain distance within the zones established by law. Before sailing, all documentation must be in order and it is to be ensured that you meet all the

Miscellaneous

One of the greatest pleasures that can be found on a boat trip is to dive into the water when you are offshore. A good idea is to keep at least one person on board while others jump in. This ensures that there is always at least one person that is readily available to reach out to emergency contacts quickly.

Guests that are not used to traveling on boats may suffer from sea sickness – dizziness, vomiting or fainting. It is also possible that too much fun in the sun can lead to heat stroke. Stock up on liquids to stay hydrated. Sunscreen, sun glasses, and shading (canopies, hats, etc.) are must haves to beat the heat as well. In the opposite respect of heat, it can get quite chilly at night. If you’re staying out late make sure to bring proper clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, blankets, etc.

Once you have everything in check, let loose. Yes, there’s a lot to ensuring your safety. After all of that is in line you can let go of your cares and soak up the pleasure of nature and your surrounding company.