standard-title Sea Safety Following are the general safety tips that will apply to most water activities, stay safe.

Sea Safety

Following are the general safety tips that will apply to most water activities, stay safe.

Be prepared – make sure you have some experience at the activity you’re attending, take part in a safety training needed for your sport.

Get trained – take part in any safety training needed for your sport or activity.

Be aware – Firth of Forth is a busy area with many large cargo ships passing daily, stay close to Portobello to avoid them. Stay sober, this could save your life in unexpected situation.

Elements – Check the weather conditions and tides before setting out, be aware that the weather around Firth of Forth can change dramatically in a matter minutes, there’s no way to predict a dry day in Scotland. Don’t rely on the little weather widget on our website, go to MET website for the detailed info.

Waves, tides & currentsHere‘s a great website to help you understand the waves, tides and currents.

Rocks – Mind that only central-east part of Portobello beach is free of dangerous rocks often hiding right under the surface of the water.

Lifejacket – wear a lifejacket suitable for the activity.

Communication – VHF radio is required for boats (although not for kayaks it’s still recommended). You can also use a mobile phone (which may be unsuitable for water sports) or a whistle but this will only work if you are kayaking in a group. Tell someone on the coast where you’re expecting to return.

Gear – ckeck your gear for leaks, check the batteries in your VHF radio/phone. Flare and bright coloured clothing are recommended.

Motor boats – note that motor boats (including jet skis) are banned around the quiet Portobello Beach.

Inflatables – do not use inflatables when windy.

If you see someone in difficulty – Don’t attempt a rescue – dial 999/112 and ask for the coastguard.

Ambulance: 999 or 112
Fire: 999 or 112
Police: 999 or 112
Coast Guard: 999 or 112

Non Emergency
Doctor: 111
Police: 101

Emergency at sea:
VHF radio is the minimum communication equipment that you should have on your boat.

In an emergency, send a voice Mayday or Pan-Pan message on VHF channel 16 (frequency 156.8MHz).