People have been moving across the water in boats for thousands of years, and the fascination of driving a boat yourself remains unbroken to this day. Nevertheless, the dangers on the water should not be underestimated. This is especially true for newcomers at the helm. A few simple basic rules ensure safety on board - for yourself and for others.
1. Each boat must have a suitable guide. He is responsible for the safety on board and for compliance with traffic regulations.
2. Before starting the trip, the technical equipment of the boat should be checked for functionality. Sufficient safety equipment must be on board. When sailing on coastal and maritime waters, appropriate emergency signaling equipment must be carried.
3. A life jacket must be available for each person on board. Children and non-swimmers should always have life jackets on.
4. Overloading boats with people or material is life-threatening. With insufficient freeboard, there is an easy risk of capsizing and sinking.
5. Fuel and reserve canisters or gas bottles must be stowed in such a way that they are not exposed to heat or direct sunlight. Sufficient fuel should always be taken on board so that the return journey can be started immediately at any time in the event of danger.
6. Open light or fire at the opened engine compartment and at the exposed bilge means danger of explosion. Be careful when operating cooking equipment with gas or spirit.
7. It is important to have information about the characteristics and regulations of the waters to be navigated. Before each trip on coastal and maritime waters, it is essential to listen to or consult the weather reports.
8. Coastal and marine waters should only be navigated with boats that are suitable for this cruising area. Small and insufficiently motorized boats are driven off by wind, current or swell.
9. Before the start of each trip, inform relatives, acquaintances or port authorities about the duration and destination of the trip. The feedback must not be forgotten.
10. Care must be taken to ensure that all the necessary papers are on board. Inconvenience and punishment will be avoided. The conclusion of a water sports liability insurance is highly recommended.
11. Driving recreational boats under the influence of alcohol is irresponsible and punishable by law.
12. From the shore should be driven only at right angles at slow speed until the actual course.
13. Bathing zones are to be avoided. Slow down when driving near campsites and bathing bays.
14. Children should never be left unattended during the ride or at the mooring.
15. Consideration for other water tourists such as rowers, canoeists and sailors is obligatory. Sporting fair behavior serves the safety of all.
16. Anglers and professional fishing vehicles are not allowed to be obstructed. When nets and other fishing gear are set, drive slowly and carefully.
17. When encountering floating equipment such as dredgers or measuring vehicles, sufficient distance must be maintained. Consideration must always be given to commercial shipping with the right of way..
18. Sitting on the sides of the boat and the engine compartment at the stern of the boat is dangerous to life. The seating arrangements provided for this purpose must be used.
19. The deck must be kept clear at all times; in this way accidents can be avoided.
20. During unsafe weather and from sunset to sunrise, the prescribed lights shall be set.
21. Water skiing is allowed only during the day and only on the water areas approved for this purpose.The towing boat must be manned by a second person who watches the skier.
22. Do not pour waste or oil or other flammable materials into the water, but help keep the waters clean.
23. Flagpoles and antennas are not clothes dryers. When sailing on foreign waters, the federal and host country flags must be flown. You should always be polite and helpful to other boat owners.
By following these 23 basic rules, you are already making a significant contribution to promoting camaraderie, discipline and safety on the water.
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