Navigate Safely


[Music] Always travel to conditions if you travel too fast in choppy waters
you won’t have a clear view of what’s in front when in doubt, slow down or stop. The skipper must keep watch the entire time Beware of objects in the water. They may turn out to be more than just objects. If it’s a stretch of waterway you don’t
know especially a river give it a once over even if you do know
it check first for debris, sand banks and hidden shallows or moorings. You don’t want any nasty surprises spoiling your day [Music] To help all skippers navigate safely
especially on narrow or congested waterways a golden rule is to keep to the right.
So be safe, keep right. Travel at a safe speed and
always observe the speed limit that means keeping your speed down when
leaving or coming back to shore Every skipper must understand the system of navigation markers These markers exist to provide a safe guide through the waterway. Don’t cut blind corners. Give yourself and other craft plenty of
room to manoeuvre Always keep a proper lookout it is especially important for skippers
towing to be responsible when it comes to the waves or wash
their boat generates as it can be a hazard to other vessels.
The wash can damage fragile banks and foreshore and more and more areas are being
declared no wash zones because of this. So watch your wash and keep it to a
minimum. Remember when you steer a boat, always
pick smooth, steady lines through the water that other users can read easily and take good care early and late in the
day when the sun’s low if you get hit in the eye, it can be blinding. If you have more people on board than your safety label shows you’re playing with lives and it’s illegal.

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