Safety in the Harbour

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Safety in the Harbour

Whether experienced around water or a novice, the sea can still catch you out. Poole Harbour Commissioners would like to empathise the importance of water safety, especially during these extraordinary times.

HM Coastguard responded to 447 incidents over the last weekend in May, making it the busiest weekend of 2020 to date. With the Sunday alone seeing a 168% increase on the May 2019 average.

A spokesperson from HM Coastguard said “Boating, swimming and other sea-based activities are now allowed again across the UK, as is spending time on the beach. However, now more than ever, people need to respect the sea and the coast to ensure the safety of themselves and their families.

“Regardless of how well you know the coast, or how experienced you are, the sea can still catch you out”.

Read our ‘Safety in the harbour’ tips…

Poole Harbour Commissioners welcome harbour users back on to the water. But, would ask that you take extra care in these extraordinary times. To help we’ve put together a list of our top Harbour Safety Tips

“Take a little time before you head out on the water to make sure you are as safe as possible. In addition to our ‘Safety Tips’ the governing bodies for most watersports produce activity-specific guidance, and the RNLI  has a comprehensive list of safety resources on their website at”.

“Please take extra care out on the water. If you get into trouble at sea or on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Please remember your choices might put people, including yourself and frontline responders, at risk.” said Brian Murphy, Harbour Master, Poole Harbour Commissioners.

We recommend you get to know the harbour before heading out on the water. Particularly the channels, navigation marks, and the areas designated for special use. Take a look at our harbour chartlet, where all designated areas are clearly marked and speed limits highlighted.

Remember in an emergency call 999 for the coastguard, or contact ‘Poole Harbour Control on Channel 14.