• Take them – wear them
  • Make sure that children and adults are fitted with the right type and sized lifejacket
  • Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time in the water
  • Making sure you have the right lifejacket for the type of activity, location, and condition


  • Take at least two separate waterproof ways of communicating, this could include; mobile phone in a waterproof bag, VHF radio, EPERB or personal locator beacon, whistle
  • Being able to communicate with the Coastguard in an emergency from your vessel is vital. Consider how you could communicate if your vessel was to overturn
  • There is always a risk of your communications devices getting wet, so they need to be waterproof
Boats under 6 metres

Lifejackets are recommended at all times on boats under 6m. Check your local regulations.

Keep your communication tools dry

VHF radio and beacons are the best.

Check Safety Equipment

Check that your safety equipment is on board and in good condition, such as:

  • Paddle
  • Bung
  • Bailer
  • Grab bag
  • Rope
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