We've launched a new edition of the Boater’s Handbook. First published in 2002, the Handbook is written for boat owners and hirers and contains lots of 'getting started' tips as well as important information about how to boat safely.
Every boater will be sent a copy to their home address in November and hire boat operators will also receive the new edition.
The original handbook won a Plain English Campaign award for style and clarity and the format and tone have been retained. The changes are mainly to detail and emphasis. Information about navigating rivers has been strengthened, particularly relating to navigating in strong stream conditions. Some additional diagrams have also been added to make things as clear as possible for boaters.
We want all boaters to be aware of the key safety messages:
Dean Davies, interim head of customer services at the Trust, said: “The Boater’s Handbook is an incredibly useful resource for any boater, from novices to old hands alike. It contains a wealth of information about how to boat safely, as well as all the basics that can seem quite mystifying to new boaters.
"We’ve taken the opportunity to update the Handbook to make sure it contains the best possible advice, and we’re sending it out to all our licensed boaters so they can refresh their memories and keep it on board as a handy reference guide. I’d like to thank the members of the editorial panel who have shared their expertise and all the boaters who have given us feedback.”
A hard copy of the handbook will be sent to the home address of all licensed boaters in the second half of November – if you’ve recently moved house but are yet to update your details with us please do it now to ensure you don’t miss out on your copy! This can be easily done by calling customer services on 0303 040 4040.
Visit our Boater's Handbook page to download the document or watch a video of it.