Always wear a life jacket when in
an open boat or on deck,
ESPECIALLY if operating solo.
At least the operator, ESPECIALLY solo operators, should
carry emergency communication devices (e.g., hand held
VHF radio, cell phone in waterproof bag) and signaling
devices (emergency locator beacon and visual distress
signals) ON THEIR PERSON.
Make sure the boat has a reboarding device
(such as a swim step, ladder, or foot sling) that
can be used by a person overboard.
Solo operators should ALWAYS
attach an engine cut–off device
File (and stick to) a float plan. 6
Cold water boaters should
consider carrying a small
inflatable dinghy or life raft, and
immersion (survival) suits.
3 STAGES OF COLD
1. COLD SHOCK RESPONSE
2. COLD INCAPACITATION
(swim failure, loss of function)
3. IMMERSION HYPOTHERMIA
(eventually resulting in loss of
Without a life jacket, each
phase means a much higher
risk of drowning.
COLD WATER TIPS
GOOD BoatU.S. FOUNDATION FOR BOATING
Cold water immersion is almost always the result of capsizing, swamping, or
falling overboard from a boat under 26 feet. Here are six tips to help prevent disaster
FOUNDATION SAFETY & CLEAN WATER