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BERMUDA WATER SAFETY
COUNCIL
P.O. Box HM 180,
Hamilton HM AX, Bermuda
Tel: (441) 295-6575
Fax:(441) 295-5523
Email: info@wsc.bm


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Safety - Preventing Injuries on Boats

The most common cause of injuries on board a boat is from people losing their balance and falling over, or people colliding with one another or a hard object. The injuries sustained are more severe than you might first think - injuries to the face and jaw (teeth), broken bones, severe head injuries and burns are .

What Can You Do?
 

As a Responsible Skipper
 

  • Know the 'rules of the road' at sea so you can avoid collisions


     
  • Before setting out, brief your passengers about safety
  • Make sure you keep the boat well-balanced when you stow gear
  • Always apply throttle changes gently
  • Avoid excessive speed, especially when conditions are rough
  • Minimise the amount of alcohol you drink before or during a trip


Before heading out make your vessel a safe one
 

  • Ensure appropriate safety equipment is on board and is in working
    condition
  • Install hand rails
  • Stow things away properly and avoid clutter


As a passenger
 

  • Maintain your balance - one hand for the boat, one hand for yourself
  • Go backwards down ladders
  • Sit down in rough weather
  • On sailing boats - watch out for the boom
  • Don't drink to much booze
     
Don't let your mates become a statistic this summer.
 

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