As with any pastime, safety must be a priority. Whether the pastime or hobby is climbing, football, quad biking or fishing, it is essential to be equipped with all the relevant safety equipment and of course a certain degree of common sense.
Using fishing as an example, people who do this job for a living don’t take any chances when it comes to safety, the water itself can be an unpredictable danger if certain measures aren’t taken. If you do not have the necessary safety equipment and plans in place, don’t go fishing, it really is as simple as that.
If you are not entirely sure what safety equipment/measures are required, don’t hesitate to take advice from someone who does. For example, the experienced fishing equipment supplier that you buy your equipment from will happily give you some tips and advice on how to stay safe. If you are buying some new equipment, you can kill two birds with one stone and ask at the same time. If you take your fishing as seriously as you take your safety when out on the water, Fish Head has Zenaq fishing rods for Australia wide delivery and they will only be too happy to give you advice about staying safe as well.
Top Tips That Can Help You Nail The Art Of Safe Fishing
Although the tips below predominantly apply to fishing from a boat, some can be applied to fishing from the seashore or lake/riverbank. If going on a fishing trip alone, always make sure that you tell someone who can raise the alarm if you do not come back within a reasonable timeframe.
- Wear A Life Jacket – Yes, they can be uncomfortable and cumbersome but more importantly they can save your life. Accidents do happen, and if you should fall into the water, a decent lifejacket gives you the best possible chance of staying afloat and getting assistance. If your current life jacket is damaged or has seen better days, buy a new one without delay, they really can help save your life.
- The Importance Of Float Planning – This applies to any fishing trip, particularly if you are alone. Ensure someone knows where you’re going and when you’ll be back and also what authorities/local people should be notified if you don’t return on time.
- Onboard Safety Equipment – Ensure all the safety equipment on the boat is fit for purpose and check and service regularly, it is not an area to overlook regardless of how experienced you are.
- Fuel – This sounds obvious, but it surprising just how many people get stranded on the water because they’ve run of fuel. The same applies to drinking water, always bring more than you need just in case you are out for longer than anticipated.
All the above tips are on the whole obvious, they are easily overlooked and even ignored. Make safety your priority and remember your fishing trip for all the right reasons.