RIB SAFETY

Our club RIB is having a new prop guard fitted, which will reduce the risk of endangering those in the water.

But it is not the answer on its own. The RYA have published guidelines for RIB drivers, and they make essential reading.

The text is on a new page in the Pages section above labelled "RIB Safety"

The most effective way of avoiding prop strike injuries is by avoiding a person being in the water anywhere near a moving propeller in the first place. 


The RYA therefore believes that the focus should be on following several basic and essential good practices, including:
  • Keep a proper look out at all times
  • Check the area around the engine for hazards before starting the engine
  • Use a kill cord whenever the engine is running
  • Stop the engine when there is a risk of a person in the water coming into contact with the propeller
  • When swimming around a boat ensure the engine cannot be started inadvertently
  • Ensure passengers and crew are aware of the need to maintain good handholds whilst under way
  • Communicate changes in direction or speed to passengers
  • Warn passengers when approaching wash or areas of rough water
  • When operating at speed, ensure passengers are not positioned or seated in the bow where they can be easily thrown out of the boat if it stops suddenly
  • Operate at a speed appropriate to the conditions
  • Observe restricted or no go areas designated for swimmers
  • Utilise a spotter when towing water skiers or inflatables
  • Where dedicated seating is available have passengers use it in preference to sitting on gunwales or sponsons
  • Warn passengers of the hazard associated with falling in, in particular prop strike

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