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