By accepting the mantle of minister you will require a steely personality that is impervious to the pull of bribery, corruption, villainy, double-dealing, unscrupulousness and a gamut of other sociopathic traits shown by those who currently fill these positions of power. Falsification and misrepresentation also spring clearly to mind.
To be the Environmental Minister of Boating Safety and Security you need to shoot a straight and fair arrow.
Boating water sports are always going to offer us a thrilling experience, but finding a balance between the adrenalin-filled rush of the ride and the safety of those around you in the water is key. Let’s unlock some of the ways we can go about making the water a safe and secure place for all.
IT’S THE LAW
Knowing the rules and regulations that pertain to boating is imperative. Laws such as not exceeding the vessel’s passenger capacity and not operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs are but some of the laws that apply to boating – but all are designed to improve safety for those involved.
Keeping your boat in prime condition is important to ensure you don’t break down. Doing simple maintenance on your boat such as checking fluid levels, servicing and keeping batteries fully charged are but some of the requirements that allow for safer boating and maximising your enjoyment when on the water.
KNOW YOUR AREA
Get to know the waterways you use. Each waterway has its own set of challenges and potential dangers.
It could be strong tidal action in an estuary, currents, shallow waters or underwater hazards that present themselves in particular waterways.
If you are new to a particular waterway, ask the locals for advice about what dangers to look for and always start slowly, looking out for potential hazards in the water.