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PQBH Marina Guide 2018 flipbook

Safety at sea Remember

Safety at sea Remember You should take a little time before you get out on the waterway to make sure you are as safe as possible. The governing bodies for most sports and activities produce specific guidance for anyone participating in their particular disciplines. We recommend that you follow the RNLI Six Tips for a safe trip and any activity specific guidance from governing bodies as a bare minimum. We also recommend that you register your craft with the Coastguard’s Voluntary Safety identification Scheme CG66. All craft, whether a kayak or motor yacht, can be registered with the scheme. Safety at night You, like many other users, may be afloat after dusk and during the hours of darkness whether you’re arriving from another harbour or just enjoying some fishing. As darkness presents its own dangers when navigating in the water way you must ensure that you do everything you can to minimise the risk to yourself and other users. The harbour is completely different at night and you need to alter the way you operate your vessel to suit the conditions, whether at anchor or underway. You must carry and show the correct lights. Remember when afloat at night or in reduced visibility: Go slow, be seen and keep a lookout! Go slow in darkness, fog or when glare from the sun restricts your visibility, you must slow down to a safe speed. INFORM TRAINING SOS DEVICE WEAR A LIFEJACKET ENGINE FUEL & CRAFT CHECKS TIDES AND WEATHER A safe speed is one at which you can stop and avoid a collision, considering the circumstances and conditions at the time. Remember – the faster you go, the faster you approach hazards and hitting a hazard at speed can have a greater impact on you, your passengers and your boat. Be seen You may be able to see others but can they see you? At night, every type of craft on the water needs lights in order to be seen. Whether you are paddling, rowing, sailing or motoring, everyone needs to be able to recognise where you are and what you are doing. Make sure you have the right lights for your craft and that they work properly. Use them as soon as the sun goes down or when visibility is poor. Your lights should be mounted in a position that gives you optimum night vision and allows others to see you from every direction. Make sure you don’t adversely affect your night vision, or the vision of other boat skippers. You should also carry a working waterproof floating torch. 10 The Poole Harbour and Marina Guide 2018

Keep a lookout You must take particular care when navigating at night or in reduced visibility – it can be like looking into a black hole. Look and listen at all times, as a number of hazards such as moored boats are unlit. Navigation lights may not be as bright as other lights and background lights may hide something that is closer. If it is a large ship, the lights might be high and you may not realise that you are looking at the sides of a black hull. If you have the slightest doubt, stop, ensure you are lit and have a good look around you. Navigation marks can help you navigate safely in the waterway. Navigation marks often indicate where hazards are, but should be coupled with reference to a chart and local knowledge of the area, particularly in the dark. We all want to enjoy the sea and the seaside, but there are a few things to bear in mind while on, or in, the ocean. Follow these steps and stay safe while you enjoy your stay at the seaside. Don’t get cut off by the tide Keep an eye on the tide and find out when high and low tides are to ensure you don’t get trapped in caves or get cut off from the shoreline. Swimming in the sea Swim with a friend and stay within your depth near the shore. If you do get caught in a strong current, stay calm, raise your hand and shout for help. If you are swimming alone, swim parallel to the shore until you are able to swim or wade back to the shore. Inflatables Inflatable toys and boats can quickly be swept out to sea, even in light winds, stay between the red and yellow flags on a lifeguarded beach. The red flag means danger. Never go in the water when the red flag is flying The red and yellow flag shows the area of the beach patrolled by lifeguards. This is the safest area to swim. The black and white chequered flag shows the area of water for boats and surfers. Don’t swim here it’s dangerous. An orange windsock flying means that there are dangerous wind conditions and you shouldn’t use inflatable toys or boats on the sea. Remember.... In an emergency call 999 and ask for the coastguard 11

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