Ensure your safety when out on the water by following this essential equipment checklist.

 

  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Anchor.
  • Boat hook.
  • Bailing device.
  • Kill cord for open powerboats.
  • Torch.
  • Throwline.
  • Spare fuel.
  • Knife.
  • First aid kit. 
  • Lifejackets - one correctly fitting lifejacket for everyone on board.
  • Two forms of waterproof communications - this can include an EPIRB or PLB, VHF radio, cell phone in a waterproof bag, flares.
  • Navigation equipment – a chart and compass, GPS and depth sounder. Exactly what you need will depend on how far you are going.
  • Alternative form of propulsion such as a set of oars.
  • Protective clothing – carry sufficient warm and waterproof clothing for your trip.