Boat Trip Planning

Trip preparation

Trip preparation

Every accident or incident is unique but all occur due to a series of events, circumstances or failures. Following our preparation advice will help ensure you come home safely from your trip.

How to prepare for a trip

Top tips

Our Prepare to Survive campaign explains how boaters and paddlers can complete five key steps:

  1. Know the weather – check before and during trips
  2. Wear a lifejacket – and keep it in good nick
  3. Lock in a buddy plan – let someone know your trip details
  4. Carry a distress beacon – and use it when in distress
  5. Practise getting back on – try reboarding your vessel from the water, know your limits