TP 14525E - Pre-Departure Checklist
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TP 14525 E
Office of Boating Safety
Be Prepared for the Unexpected
- Check This List Before Every Trip -
- Lifejackets - Wear Them!
- Carry a Canadian-approved lifejacket for everyone on board.
- Make sure they are in good condition (check the zippers, buckles, fabric, seams, etc. ).
- Check that they are properly sized to fit each person on board.
- Operator Competency - Are You Ready to Head Out on the Water?
- Take a boating safety course.
- Keep your Pleasure Craft Operator Card or other proof of competency on board.
- Weather - Check and Monitor the Marine Weather Forecast
- Sail Plan - File Your Plan Before Heading Out
- Tell a person you trust where you are going and when you will be back.
- Safety Equipment - Required by Law and Essential for Safety
- Make sure all equipment is on board, in good working order and easy to reach.
- Carry a first aid kit, basic tools and spare parts.
- Charts, Compass and Local Hazards - Know Where You Are at All Times
- Make sure you are aware of all local hazards, water levels and tides.
- Fuel - Check Your Tank and Remember: 1/3 to go, 1/3 to return, 1/3 reserve
- Boat Condition - Should Your Boat Leave the Dock?
- Check the hull for cracks or other damage.
- Check the electrical, fuel, propulsion and cooling systems.
- Make sure the throttle and steering work well.
- Check the oil.
- Check all hoses and lines for leaks or cracks and replace if necessary.
- Make sure all clamps and belts are secure and in good shape.
- Inspect, clean and replace spark plugs if necessary.
- Check and change oil and water filters if needed.
- Check the battery's charge.
- Make sure the drainage plug is in place.
- Carry spare plugs for all through hull fittings.
- Make sure the load on your boat (gear and occupants) is well distributed.
- Run the blowers for four minutes before starting the engine(s) - check for airflow.
- Safety Briefing - You Are Legally Responsible for Your Guests
- Show everyone where the safety equipment is located and how to use it.
- Make sure the communication equipment works and everyone can use it.