Safety Tips For Mariners & Jet Ski Operators

July 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Water Safety Council is providing safety tips for mariners and Jet Ski operators during the summer season.

Water Safety Council Chairman Michael Weeks said, “As Chairman of the Water Safety Council, on behalf of the council I would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the young man who tragically lost his life in the recent marine accident.

“I would like to remind and highlight the importance of water safety. As we are fully into the summer season we should be focusing on water safety and still have an enjoyable time with family and friends.

“Here are some safety tips for mariners and Jet Ski operators:

  • Checking weather conditions prior to planning your trip or outing.
  • Make sure the condition of your vessel is seaworthy safe for passengers and crew
  • Give your float plan to Bermuda Radio or a responsible individual so that persons are aware of your location
  • Check to ensure your VHF Radio is working [channel 27 to Bermuda Radio for radio check]
  • Make sure all required safety equipment is on board e.g. Navigational lights, lifej ackets, life rings, flares, etc
  • Watch your speed and wake
  • Be courteous to other mariners

“The Department of Marine and Ports, Boats and Moorings Section located in the Old Paget Post Office also provides important information for the general public with regards to water safety.

“All marine incidents should be reported to Marine Police [Channel 16] and Bermuda Radio [Channel 16 and Channel 27].

“Lastly, I ask all mariners to be vigilant of your surroundings at all times. All of Bermuda can have an enjoyable time on the water while boating or swimming, however water safety must be a number one priority!”

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