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Boating Pre-Departure Checklist

While it may sound fun to have a spontaneous adventure on the water, it is essential to have a boating checklist that you tick off every time for the safety of yourself and everyone on board.

It all begins with getting a recreational skipper’s ticket to ensure you are competent on the water. A recreational skippers ticket proves that you have undertaken the right boat training courses including navigation and safety.

Once you have your recreational skippers ticket, there are many other safety considerations that should be on your boating checklist as well. This guide will help you put together the ultimate boating checklist for your safety on the water.

What to Prepare Before Going Boating

The first step is to check the weather conditions. You don’t want to be caught in a severe storm, so always check with the weather bureau before raising the anchor. Then you will need a list of all the equipment you will need. This equipment should be regularly checked to ensure they work and are not damaged. Your list should include:

The boat itself needs to be seaworthy as well, so you will need a checklist of things to inspect on your vessel before hitting the water including:

Finally, there are some last considerations that need to be ticked off including:

Haven’t got your recreational skippers ticket? Need a refresher course? Sea Safe Boat School has the best instructors and on-site facilities on the Swan River that will cover everything including safety and your VHF radio licence. You will always feel confident when you complete your training with Sea Safe Boat School.