When you are starting off as an amateur boater, you may think that everything will go well with you. You are always imagining gliding down in tranquil waters, enjoying the breeze, the palm trees blowing in the calm wind under the blue sky, and you heart pumping your blood in the usual manner as you hum a thank you song to the cloud floating past.
However, that may not be the case especially when you are a beginner since at this stage everything is confusing and complex. You will need to move from your dream world to the world of reality where everything could be at your hands, including your own life. So here are the following tips to help you address the complexity and confusion that accompanies initial boating.
Get Proper Training
You cannot jump into a boat and start off without undergoing proper prior training. You must take a considerable amount of time with an experienced boater or guide. There are boating clubs and marine organizations all over who offer such training and guide. You can use the Web to find them; of course that is how you ended up here!
Gather All the Requirements
Having everything in place including the licenses, facing fees and other necessary documents is of paramount importance before you can start off. You need to understand the regulations in place concerning boating in the region wherein you want to do your boating and then understand the costs that you will have to undergo before you can take off. Of course the costs will depend on where you plan to use your boat –it can be on rivers, canals, lakes, or other waterways. Most of these will be explained to you by your instructor.
Familiarize Yourself with Boating Terminologies and Tools
Getting to know the essential thing regarding your operational environment is critical. You should get to know all the tools and gadgets used in boating as well as the terminologies used there. Also get to understand everything about navigation, safety, and navigation technologies. Some of the tools and technologies you can familiarize yourself include gyro stabilizers, radars, autopilot systems, voyage data recorders, magnetic compasses, depth sounders, and automatic identification systems among others.
Watch out for the Weather
Before you start to sail, you need to check the weather to find out if it is promising. It is hard to predict weather changes and storms can catch you unprepared, thus it is paramount as an amateur to beware of this. Even a small change in weather may turn out to be dangerous to you.
Do not forget a Life Jacket
Most boaters think that life jackets are only for the ones who do not know how to swim. However, you need to know that many deaths occur because people were not putting on life jackets. You need to protect lives above everything else since nothing is more important than these. Do not be beguiled by a calm weather, just put on a life jacket, your life is very important.
Pay Attention to the Waterline
As a boater, should often pay attention to your waterline. This is the line on the hull which marks the sitting position of the boat when it is loaded with luggage and passengers. Getting this wrong might prove dangerous not only to you, but also to the passengers and luggage.
Use Appropriate Attires
I cannot finish highlighting these tips minus talking about appropriate clothing. Proper dressing can help in tackling the weather transitions both on and off the land. You can always carry with yourself extra clothes to cater for any weather changes. You may take off when it is chilly and by the moment you are coming back it is very warm or vice versa.