Safety Precautions on the Water

When out fishing or boating in the open water, the last thing that comes to mind is emergency precautions. Some anglers and even leisure kayakers often go out into the water thinking only of the refreshing ocean breeze, catching fish and the pristine waters. However, when worse comes to worst, it is best to be prepared for water emergencies.

Safety Tips to Follow:

1.   Pay attention to the weather. No matter how small or large your boat is, it is no match for the ocean and its power especially during bad weather. Weather can change in an instant out in the open water. It is best not only to rely on weather forecasts but by also observing the sky and cloud formations

2.   Tell someone where you are going before heading out into the water. This will give you some reassurance that somebody knows where you are and where you were headed especially if it has taken you quite a long time to go back because of bad weather.  It is a superb idea to leave a manifest of your planned trip.

3.   Carry a EPIRB or the latest GPS tracking device.  It is also a must to Carry a VHF marine band radio. This will make it easier for you to contact someone especially when you are in trouble.

4.   Carry safety items. Items such as life jacket, flashlight, oars, bucket, first aid