To be at the sea, always involves a risk. We do our best to keep the boats and the equipment in order, and we try to keep our guests informed. It is however, you as captain, who has the greatest responsibility to prevent accidents from happening. If in doubt, seek advice.
order to avoid accidents at sea, you should read carefully trough
this “safety-at-sea” guidelines before you set out in a boat.
1. THINK SAFETY FIRST
yourself with the boat, make sure you know how many people or
total weight it is capable of carrying.
Remember that in small boats, it is important to keep the
centre of gravity low, and to avoid standing upright in the boat.
Prepare yourself in advance for potential unexpected incidents.
2. BRING ALL REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
rope and safety line.
wit good battery capacity.
fuel for your trip. Never leave harbour without at least one
and compass. Be sure you know how to use this equipment.
that the bilge pump is in function.
your personal first aid kit, in case of injuries.
hook and knife.
3. SHOW RESPECT FOR THE WEATHER AND SEA CONDITIONS
the weather reports before setting out in a boat, and retrieve
information about local conditions that affect currents and
4. COMPLY WITH THE “SAFETY-AT-SEA” RULES
“safety-at-sea” rules regulate all traffic at sea.
to these rules you must:
way to boats approaching from starboard (right), and to boats
you catch up with.
must give way to sail boats when under sail. Leisure boats
must give way to commercial vessels.
you are within 50 meters of land, your speed must not exceed 5
also must comply with local speed limits.
without lanterns are not meant for use in the darkness.
born after 1/1/1980 must have a boat driving licence, to
operate a boat longer than 8 meters, or with an engine
you are approaching a commercial vessel, always keep a steady
course, so there is no doubt about your intensions. In case of
crossing its course, make your move early, and cross behind the
safety distance to other boats! Never come close to other boats at
5. USE A LIFE JACKET OR BOAT SUIT
recommend that everyone on board should be wearing a life jacket;
be particularly cautious with equipment for children. Stay with
the boat if the boat capsizes. In case of “man over board” -
call for help immediately.
6. ENSURE THAT YOU ARE RESTED AND SOBER
limit for blood alcohol in Norway is 0,08%, while you are on board
a boat. If you are rested and alert, you will handle any
unforeseen incidents better.
7. BE CONSIDERATE
your hoist where you are going, and when you expect to be back.
are all responsible for each other’s safety, welfare and for the
sea we are all