How to

How to go boating safely in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and Sri lanka.

Here are a selection of “How To” lessons and resource information so that you can get in your boat and go boating safely and also come home happy.

Safety Briefing

Before the commencement of any voyage the skipper should ensure that all persons on board are given a safety briefing for boat voyages and short trips.

This should include as a minimum

the stowage and use of personal safety equipment such as lifejackets, thermal protective aids and lifebuoys

Safety Equipment

Before launching your vessel or heading out on the water, it pays to check that you have all necessary

  • safety equipment on board
  • lifejackets for all
  • at least two forms of communication that will work when wet
  • up-to-date flare pack
  • up to date marine charts of the area where you intend to go
  • food (normal and emergency)
  • water (normal and emergency)
  • warm clothes in case you get delayed overnight
  • enough anchor chain (at least 10m) and warp (at least 3 X depth) with a suitable type and weight of anchor for where you may have to anchor 

A checklist for your particular vessel and suitable for your area of operation is a good idea.

Check that all on board know what to do in the event of an emergency and are wearing lifejackets before you head out. Hold a drill and practise what to do in the event of an emergency. Does someone on board know how to drive the boat if you can’t? What should you do if someone falls overboard? Does everyone know where the emergency communications equipment is kept and how to use it? Be prepared. Know before you go.


Before going to sea it is not only important to get a weather forecast, it is also international sea law!

Follow our links to find a weather forecast for Sri Lanka, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the GCC.

The Beaufort wind force scale is measure that relates wind speed to observed conditions at sea or on land.

Cirrus cloud is the high, white, curled, streaks of cloud known as mares’ tails. With a falling barometer, this usually indicates the approaching warm front of a depression with associated veering wind and rain



The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC)  equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

Parking your boat – coming alongside

Driving a car is fine – parking a boat is very different. Follow our guide to learn the simple and easy way to “park” your boat properly.

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