Boating is one of the best things you could do outdoors. You can choose from a variety of activities – whether you want to relax or you’re out for something thrilling and exciting. Just like any other vessel, you need to have safety equipment in a boat to keep the passengers safe just in case an unexpected problem happens. If you’re going boating alone, with family or friends, be sure to have all these necessary safety gears to keep everyone safe.
Personal Flotation Devices and Life Jackets
These two are the most basic safety gear for everyone on board the boat. Both the boat life jackets and PFDs are worn around a passenger’s body, allowing them to float on water. People who are doing water sports such as wake surfing should always wear these types of personal safety equipment.
You can suggest the passengers to wear their life jackets before departure to be sure. Just in case an emergency happens, be sure to tell everyone to put on their life jackets or personal flotation devices to ensure their safety. See to it that each passenger has his or her own life jacket.
Aside from personal flotation devices which can be worn on the body, you also need to have a floating device that can be thrown into the water in case of emergency. It can be a ring buoy, cushion, or anything that a person can hold onto to float in water. These floating devices are usually attached to a line to make it easier to pull a person back into the boat.
Visual signaling devices are essential for all vessels, no matter how small or big it is. However, different devices are required depending on the size of your marine vessel. For instance, if you’re boat is over 16 feet you should have flares, strobe light, and flags for both daytime and night-time use. Smaller vessels are fine with night-time signalling devices only.
Aside from visual signalling devices, you’ll also need sound signalling devices. These are helpful during those days when there is less visibility, making it hard to see flare signals and other visual distress signs. Sound signalling devices can also be used on both day and night, making them versatile and worth investing in to boost your boat’s safety measures. There are a variety to choose from such as whistles, horns and bells.
Being over water doesn’t mean there will be no risk of fire in your boat. Fire extinguishers are always basic safety equipment everywhere, whether it is a building or any form of transportation. Be sure that your staff and even guests know how to operate a fire extinguisher to help them out in case a fire emergency breaks out during the trip.
Keeping your guests and also yourself safe while out on the water is one of your main priorities when you have a boat. Be sure to have all these essential safety equipment to prevent untoward incidents from happening to anyone on the boat.