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Safety at Dinghy Trips

Courtesy of Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Photo Courtesy of Messe Düsseldorf/Ctillmann

Dinghy trips can be a fun and enjoyable way to explore the waterways, but it is important to prioritize safety at all times. Here is a guide to help you stay safe on your dinghy trip:

  1. Wear a personal flotation device (PFD): A PFD is a vital piece of safety equipment that can save your life in case of a fall overboard. Make sure you wear a properly fitted PFD at all times while on the water, and keep extra PFDs on board for any passengers.
  1. Learn basic safety skills: Knowing how to swim and perform basic first aid can be essential in case of an emergency on the water. Take a sailing safety course or a basic first aid course to learn these important skills.
  1. Stay aware of the weather: The weather can change quickly on the water, so it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest weather conditions and forecasts. Be prepared for adverse weather by bringing appropriate clothing and equipment, and know how to seek shelter if necessary.
  1. Check your equipment: Before setting out on a dinghy trip, make sure all your equipment is in good working order. This includes the dinghy itself, as well as oars, lines, and any other gear you may be using.
  1. Follow the rules of the water: Familiarize yourself with the rules of the water, including right-of-way rules and any local regulations. This will help you avoid collisions and other accidents on the water.
  1. Have a communication plan: In case of an emergency, it is important to have a plan in place for communicating with the shore. Make sure someone on land knows your plans and your expected return time.

By following these safety guidelines, you can enjoy a safe and enjoyable dinghy trip.