1. Check Weather Conditions & Waterways:
Before departure, mariners should always check the weather conditions and local waterways for any potential hazards or changes in conditions that may affect their voyage.
2. Ensure All Safety Equipment is on Board:
This includes life jackets, flares, fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, and other emergency supplies. Additionally, it’s important to ensure all safety equipment is up-to-date and functioning properly before heading out on the water.
3. Make Sure Navigation Lights are Operational:
Mariners should make sure navigation lights are working properly so they can be easily seen by other vessels in the area.
4. Review Appropriate Rules of Road:
This includes rules for avoiding collisions, sound signals, and other regulations that must be followed when out on the water.
5. Check Radio & Navigation Equipment:
Make sure all radio and navigation equipment is functioning properly before departing.
6. Inspect Vessel Hull & Machinery:
Before each voyage, it’s important to inspect the vessel hull and machinery to make sure everything is in good condition and functioning correctly with no visible signs of damage or wear.
7. Ensure All Paperwork is Up-To-Date:
This includes any necessary licenses, registration documents, insurance policies, etc., that may be required for the voyage.
8. Be Prepared For Emergencies:
It’s important to know what to do in the event of an emergency while out on the water and to have a plan in place if needed.