Safety Briefing

As you can see from Jack’s briefing, the highest expectation of anyone on a charter is safety. No matter how the fish bite or who the guide is, people expect to be brought home in one piece. This expectation goes beyond physical safety, guests and their families need to feel safe while they are out on the water.

All questions are welcome on a charter boat, and guides love to talk, but most of all, you go out with a guide to ensure safety. If you are worried about some aspect of a trip, whether it be the impact of waves against the hull, seasickness, thrashing fish, or anything else, your guide wants to hear about it so they can adapt the experience to ensure all passengers feel safe and supported during the adventure.

The best way to be safe and feel safe on a boat is through a clearly communicated safety briefing. Captains should call attention to necessary risks and provide guidance on managing or avoiding that risk entirely.

  • • Operating communications equipment:
    • • Personal cell phones
    • • VHF radios
    • • Garmin inReach
  • • Provide knowledge of the vessel’s position
    • • Finding the vessel position on the Garmin navigation unit
    • • Being aware of the location of paper charts as a backup
  • • Acting as a lookout
    • • Man overboard/recovery
    • • Fog or other reduced visibility
    • • Deploying safety equipment
    • • Fire extinguishers
    • • Personal floatation devices
  • • Operating the vessel
    • • Shutting off the engine

Charter boats are built for the purpose of Alaskan fishing adventures, designed to handle the conditions of the Inside Passage, equipped with safety gear, and operated by experienced captains who will do their utmost to ensure the safest trips possible. Our trips are inherently safe, but on the off-chance an emergency situation develops, everyone onboard has a role to play in responding. Listening carefully to your captain's safety briefing can make a big difference.