Guidance and advice from the RYA.
Notices to Mariners are issued from a number of different sources, such as the UK Hydrographic Office, Trinity House or Local Harbour Authorities.
Checking your engine before you set off could avoid breaking down when you are underway.
Lights and shapes are used to indicate the status of a vessel at sea and the direction in which a vessel underway is moving, to allow the correct action to be taken by all the vessels when in sight of each other.
Counterfeit charts and publications. Counterfeit products pose a danger to the safety of vessels and crews.
Before setting sail on a passage which will involve sailing in the dark, thought should be given to how the dark will make the trip different to a voyage completed in daylight only.
Always check for overhead lines before rigging or moving boats with masts. Don't assume wires on wooden poles are telephone wires.
For the safety and enjoyment of everyone on board remember you, your boat and your crew are one; your limits are the collective limits. There are many factors which may determine what you can enjoy safely on any given day but you can keep your skills up to date with one of our many courses.
Make sure you are properly equipped before going on the water.
Personal floatation devices come in two main forms buoyancy aids and lifejackets. Worn correctly a personal flotation device could save your life.
A concern to boaters for many years and it has been on the RYA’s agenda for just as long.
Always, always, always use a kill cord and ensure that it is attached to the driver of the boat.
Cold Water Shock is a real danger in water below 15°C. If you do find yourself in the water a life jacket could literally save your life.
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is the most common type of fatal air poisoning in many countries. You cannot see, feel, smell or taste carbon monoxide.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is frequently used as fuel for stoves on board boats. LPG is however potentially hazardous if the gas is not stored suitably or if the cooker and/or pipe work are badly maintained or damaged.
Once a fire on board a boat really takes hold, it is unlikely that it will be successfully tackled. It is therefore essential to observe good fire safety practice to minimise the risk of a fire occurring. Prevention is far better than cure.
A safety line (also known as harness line, lanyard or tether) is intended to provide reasonable assurance that the wearer will remain attached to a craft (sailing yacht or motor cruiser) under normal loading.
Are you wearing one and should you be?
Although sailing may not be regarded as a contact sport, we all know that a hit on the head is all too common.
Consider carefully the type of rope used for specific tasks.
A means of calling for help in the event of an onboard emergency is essential for all boaters.
Guidelines for skippers of pleasure craft under 13.7m in length on the types of emergency distress alerting and locating equipment they can choose to carry based on distance from the coast and GMDSS communications sea areas.
GMDSS VHF DSC Procedures for Small Boat Users, including best practice guidelines and a map depicting the GMDSS Sea Areas.
A collection of resources and useful links.
Love boating? Stay safe and enjoy your time afloat with guidance and top tips from the RYA and RNLI.
Safety advisory notices and videos from the RYA.
Launched by Emily Gardner’s family, this simply code highlights factors that are essential for safe boating.