The human factor when boating by Al McGlashan

September 21, 2019

Al McGlashan: One of the biggest issues with
boating or boating accidents, the human factor. Whether you like it or not we make mistakes,
but by understanding that human factor we can minimize it. Situational awareness. You need to know what’s going on around you
and be able to respond to it. We got a boat going through there and we’ve
got a couple a boats coming here. The winds pushing us along. The current’s going another way. They’re all factors that are involved. Be aware of them all. Communication or should I say poor communication
is a massive issue. If you’re pulling up to a wharf? You need to tell your crew what’s going on
at all times and make sure they understand. If they go on their own? You’re in trouble. Decision making. Now that is a priority. As a skipper, you need to be decisive because
it doesn’t just affect you but it’s the whole crew. And after a hard day’s fishing, fatigue and
stress will always play a role as well. So don’t let them wreck a good day on the
water. When it comes to boating, there’s always risk
but understanding that human factor, that will make it a safer day.

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