Do you know how to use your safety equipment?
Sailing on a yacht, cruising on a motorboat or paddling on a kayak: a day out on the water can be one of the best ways of spending time outdoors. But having the correct communication device is essential, and more important than having the equipment on board is having the knowledge and ability to use it. Training courses are readily available at organisations like the RYA. Make sure you learn the basics of radio operation, which button should I press? What radio frequencies (channels) to use? You should also familiarise yourself with the distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures.
And while it may sound a bit obvious, you’d be surprised how many people don’t do this. So our final advice to you is to tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return and update them if your plans change.