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Be Safe at Sea



We love being at sea! Chilling, sailing, fishing, swimming, rowing – it’s an awesome way to explore nature. From ancient mariners to modern-day boating, the sea has led us on journeys and the making of good memories. However, there is one aspect that must never be overlooked – safety at sea. Here is a brief reminder of things to considerate before you set sail.


 

1. Think safety. Knowledge and planning reduce risks and promote well-being.


2. Bring necessary equipment. The equipment must be kept in order and be readily available.


3. Respect the weather and waters. Use the boat under appropriate and safe conditions only.


Hands tying a rope on a sail boat.
Big boys knows their safety rules. Photo: Wix.

4. Follow the Norwegian Rules of the Road at Sea. Provisions regarding the right of way, speed and use of lights must be complied with.


5. Use a lifejacket or flotation clothing. Wearing a personal flotation device is required on board recreational craft of less than 8 metres in length. Suitable personal flotation devices shall be available for all persons on board recreational craft of 8 metres and upwards.


6. Be well-rested and sober. The maximum legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.8 for operators of recreational craft of less than 15 metres in length.


7. Be considerate. Safety, environment and well-being are a shared responsibility. Be prepared for any incident you might be involved in and consider how you should respond: Keep calm, stay with your boat and call for help.


Child on a sail boat
Oh, the freedom! Photo: Wix

Illustration of ancor

Source: Norwegian Maritime Authority

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