Boating and watersports are some of the safest sports around. But the water is an ever-changing environment and it pays to look after your safety and anyone on the water with you.

Hiring a Boat

When searching for your boating holiday company or day hire company to take your first boating experience with, you need to be sure you will be given suitable tuition before leaving the base. 


Lifejackets are one of the most necessary pieces of equipment to have when enjoying boating or watersports. The RNLI are an exceptional source of knowledge on this subject and give the following key advice:

  • You must have enough lifejackets on board. This means having lifejackets to suit all shapes and sizes including children and pets.

  • It is the skipper’s responsibility to show the crew where lifejackets are stored, how to wear and secure them and when and how to operate them.

  • The RNLI recommends that when you use your tender and your boat everyone wears a buoyancy aid or a lifejacket.


Sea Safety - RNLI

The RNLI is the charity responsible for saving lives at sea. They provide a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the coasts of the UK and Ireland, as well as a seasonal lifeguard service on many of the busiest beaches in England and Wales.

The RNLI has an active fleet of more than 330 lifeboats, ranging from 5m to 17m in length, and a relief fleet of about 115 boats.

Boating should be fun, but even the most experienced seafarers should prepare for the worst. Every year our lifeboats respond to thousands of incidents, many of which could have been prevented with simple safety precautions.

Emergency Beacons

British Marine member McMurdo has kindly supplied its top 10 tips to maximise your chance of rescue using emergency beacons. Download Top 10 Tips here.

Top 10 tips to Maximise your chance of rescue using emergency beacons

  1. Before you depart: buy a 406Mhz Beacon with built-in GPS
  2. Wear a life jacket
  3. Register your beacon
  4. Keep your registration current
  5. Self-test your beacon and identify a 24-hour contact before departing
  6. Keep the beacon within reach or set to 'auto'
  7. Activate a distress beacon only in a true life or death situation
  8. Ensure the beacon antenna is unobstructed
  9. Make yourself visible
  10. Give the rescue effort time and stay calm

More Advice

For safety advice in your particular sport go to the web site of the governing body for the sport:

If you have any questions, please email us

Safety Skills Videos- NEW

If you are looking into honing your boating skills then you might want to look at these boating safety videos, courtesy of Yachting TV , BOSS Sail and Stormforce Coaching:

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