Staying Safe on the Broads this Summer
Imagine spending days on the Norfolk Broads, gliding through the tranquil waters of this beautiful region. You could explore the many waterways, visit picturesque villages and towns, and enjoy the stunning scenery but it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers before you set out on your boating adventure. Here are a few safety tips to help you stay safe on the Broads:
Always wear a life jacket.
This is one of the most important safety precautions you can take. Even if you’re a strong swimmer, it’s always a good idea to wear a life jacket, especially if you’re planning on being on the water for an extended period of time. All of your crew will be provided with a life jacket before you set off. You can buy a life jacket for your four legged friends from norfolkbroadsshop.co.uk or from reception.
Be aware of the tides.
The tides on the Broads can be strong, so it’s important to be aware of them before you set out. If you’re not familiar with the tides, the we have a tide timetable you can download and print or keep on your phone by clicking here.
Be aware of the wildlife.
The Norfolk Broads are home to a variety of wildlife, including swans, geese, and ducks. These animals can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be aware of them when you’re on the water. Be sure to give them plenty of space and enjoy the water together.
Be aware of the weather.
The weather on the Broads can change quickly, so it’s important to be aware of the forecast before you set out. If there’s a chance of bad weather, it’s best to stay on shore or if you are already on your Broads adventure, to moor up as soon as possible.
Be respectful of other boaters and the environment.
The Norfolk Broads are a shared resource, so it’s important to be respectful of other boaters and the environment. Make sure to stick to the speed limits and stay to the right of the river.
Be prepared for emergencies.
It’s always a good idea to be prepared for emergencies when you’re on the water, your boat has a number of safety features preinstalled such as fire extinguishers, however it is always good to have things like a first aid kit handy.