For extended outings on the water, leave a float plan with a relative or friend, or at least a local marina. You also should file a daily position report, especially if your planned route has changed.
Your float plan should:
- Describe the pleasure craft, including its name and licence number, length, make, colour, and engine type.
- Give your name, address, telephone number, and number of people on board in case of emergency.
- State your proposed route, your planned departure time, and your expected return time. Include the location of all stopping points, dates, and times.
- Give the phone number for Joint Rescue Coordination Centre or Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre in case you fail to return when expected.
Contact the person who has your float plan when you return from your outing to let them know that you are back.