Paul Worsteling: Just about to launch the boat at my favorite little beach and I've got some people coming fishing today who I've not fished with before. Every single time I take new people on my boat, and sometimes even people who've been on before, I always do a full safety demo because when the heat is on, you want people to know exactly what they need to do. At the end of the day, it could save a life. Come on, on and I'll show you how to do it.
It's important to keep it nice and simple because people can't remember a lot of details. I always show everyone where the life jackets are. They sit right under that seat. Also, just quickly show them how to put them on and also how to pull the toggle. Just imagine the boat is going down, at least you have some sort of idea what's going on. They go there. Then I go to through my safety bag. What I do, I carry a safety bag and it's fantastic. It's got my EPIRB in it, my flares, everything I could possibly need. I know if the safety bag is there, I've got everything ready to go. That little bit of information, just running through that with people could physically save someones life. Make sure you take the time. One other very important thing, where is your fire extinguisher? I once had a fire on my boat, I looked around, I smelt smoke, I pull the thing open, there was flames everywhere. The panic trying to find a fire extinguisher was like a cartoon, I ran around about 30 times. Finally, bang - in the safety bag. Fire extinguisher located right there. Pull it off, show people how to use it because a fire in a boat ain't a good situation. Take the time, it's only about 30 seconds. As I said, it could save a life. This fishing and safety tip was brought to you by my friends at Club Marine.