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Module 07 - Emergency Preparedness

What to do if Your Boat has Capsized

If your boat has capsized, perform the following steps to ensure the safety of yourself, and your passengers (guests):

STEP 1:
Ensure that your passengers (guests) are accounted for, are not in any danger, and that everyone is wearing a life jacket or PFD.
STEP 2:
Determine if there are other boats in the area that may offer assistance.
STEP 3:
  • If you are more than 50 m from shore: Stay with your boat and climb on to the overturned hull, if it is still afloat and safe to do so. This will allow you and your passengers (guests) (especially any kids you might have on board) to retain energy, increase your survival time in cold water, and make it easier for other boaters to spot you in the water.
  • If you are less than 50 m from shore: If you think you are able to swim to shore, immediately do so and get help.
STEP 4:
If necessary, signal your need for help with a recognized distress signal. 

 

 

 

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