Chris Edmonston: Hi! I am Chris Edmonston, Vice President of BoatUS Foundation, talking today about boating basics. Having friends and family out on the water is what boating is all about. But sometimes friends and family might not be all that comfortable while on the water. So today we are going to talk about some simple things you can do to make their day on water as fun and enjoyable as possible.
Boating is a very safe and enjoyable activity. So we don't want to unduly alarm our guests. However every skipper should take a few minutes before they leave the dock to share some simple tips with their crew and guests.
First off, life jackets; give a correctly sized life jacket to everybody on board, show them where they are stored, and how they are properly worn. Have everybody try one on, so they know what to expect when they have to put one on or just keep it on for the entire trip. Fire extinguishers: Fire extinguishers should be easily visible near engine and galley areas. Take a moment to explain what type they are, and how they work. Flairs and distress signals; show where they are located, and how to safely activate one without causing injury to yourself or the boat. Engine and fuel shut offs might seem like common sense, but many people can't figure out how to turn the engine on or off on a boat. VHF radios; many boats carry VHF radios and it's very important to familiarize a crew with how they work, and how to push the one-button rescue model if it's equipped with that. Battery switches; show everyone how to turn off the power in case of an electrical fire. Other electronic equipments such as chartplotter, GPSs at a minimum; crew should know how to find a latitude, longitude position with these electronics. Pin point your location on the unit screen and show them how to use the GPS to figure that out for themselves if something happens to you. And main overboard gear, show where the rescue cushions are, where extra lines are or even boat hooks that can be used to pull somebody in out of the water.
So those were some very basic tips you should consider passing on with your guests and crew before you go out on the water. Hey! I am Chris Edmonston. Thanks again for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed this clip and all the other topics we covered today. For more information about this or other safety related topics, come visit our website.