Life Jackets – Safe enjoyable boating means taking and wearing your life jackets as the unexpected can happen so quickly.
Check your batteries and get your engine serviced – Time spent now could save you headaches later. A few quick checks and some basic maintenance, such as replacing old fuel, can make all the difference to the outcome on the water.
Key things to do to stay in touch and call for help if you need it – including major changes to VHF channels on 1 October 2016
Get a VHF Callsign and check your details are correct – A VHF Callsign is a unique identifier that holds key information about your vessel and emergency contact. It’s used in an emergency and also with Coastguard Radio when logging a Trip Report or Bar Crossing. Obtain a VHF Callsign or check and update your details.
Log a Trip Report or make a Bar Crossing Report – Getting in touch with Coastguard Radio when you hit the water and again when you’re back at base is a great way to let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to be back. That information, along with the number of people on-board, means that in the event we need to search for you, the search area is dramatically reduced and we can find you that bit quicker.