For shorter daytime outings on the water, at a minimum you should:
- Contact a responsible person before you go out, and tell him or her where you will be boating and when you plan to return. This is the most important information in a float plan.
- Ask that person to contact a Joint Rescue Coordination Centre or Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre if you fail to return on time.
- Contact this person again when you return or if you decide to extend your time out on the water.