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Check with the seal

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    Check with the SEAL

    Inspired by a noisy Seal's barking which alerted an SGBA member to a boat in difficulty, we've adopted the SEAL acronym as a check to run-through before heading out:

    1. Safe conditions. Wind and weather can change quickly, and tide will have a big impact on your boating. Check and understand both the weather forecast and tide conditions immediately before you set out and that they are within your ability to handle. If the conditions change be prepared to change your plans.
    2. Emergency contact. It is essential you carry an effective means to call for help; ideally a mobile phone in a waterproof case designed so you can operate it in the water. If you are out without a safety boat, boat with a buddy, have someone on shore keeping an eye or someone who knows your plans.
    3. Appropriate clothing. Best dress for a capsize. Our waters are cold, so you need a wet suit or dry suit. Sharp rocks and oyster shells mean strong soled footwear that grips in the wet is essential.
    4. Life jacket or buoyancy aid. Correctly sized and fitted properly, these are essential for your safety and survival in an emergency. It is a requirement that you provide your own for use on all SGBA craft and activities on the water.
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