When you are out on the water in Tor Bay anything can happen. How well will you cope in an emergency?
Planning ahead is the best way to go and although there are many ways to stay safe the RNLI and Tor Bay Harbour Authority would urge you to read this information and remember and act on the tips.
If you are using power boats, personal watercraft (Jet Ski), yachts, dinghies or leisure angling boats remember the following:
Boating can be extremely unpredictable. If you find yourself in the water, a correctly fitted well maintained life jacket could be a lifesaver.
When was your engine last serviced? Are you sure it will get you home? Do you carry spares? Always check you have enough fuel for the trip and always carry a third in reserve.
On PWC, sports boats ,RIBS and other similar vessels, you should always remember to use/ wear the kill cord.
Tell someone ashore where you are going and when you will be back. They need to know who you are with, what boat you are in and what to do if you are overdue. You can also join the HM Coastguard's CG66 Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme. The scheme is free and is for the benefit of the owners and skippers of all types of leisure vessels and small craft and provides the Coastguard with the information needed to help you in an emergency situation.
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How will you call for help in an emergency? VHF is best because you are broadcasting to many others on the water who may be listening to your call. Mobile phones are an option but you may not get adequate reception at sea and the person you are calling may not be able to answer. Flares are essential too.
Before you head out always check the forecast, sea conditions and tide times. Ask for details and advice at your local Harbour Office or visit the Weather & Tides page.
Knowledge of your activity is essential including, for example, rules of the road, sharing the water and navigation marks etc.