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 & currents – Here‘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.