A Marine First Aid Kit To Add To Your Offshore Boat’s Inventory

If you own and operate an offshore recreational boat and provide tours to locals and visitors of the area, relying upon your navigational skills and quick protocol can prevent accidents and serious injuries. Even if you and the others are constantly monitoring the passengers, an incident could occur in which someone falls overboard or is injured on a fishing hook, recreational gear, or a protrusion that is in the water. You can purchase a coast guard–approved lifeboat first aid kit to provide emergency care if needed.

A Kit For Anyone Who Operates A Water Vessel

A kit that is deemed suitable for coast guard members can be purchased by anyone who operates a water vessel. If you currently rely upon a small kit that contains a few bandages and gauze, how would you be able to handle a situation that is life-threatening or one that involves a passenger feeling nauseous during a boat tour?

In a large kit, you will be supplied with individual treatment packages that pertain to burns, cuts, poisonings, fractures, vomiting, and dizziness. A kit that is designed for use on the water will be encased in a waterproof container. Some kits contain a case that floats, which could be handy if you encounter rough waters and the kit is accidentally tossed into the water. 

Proper Training And Client Information

Never embark upon a water adventure without briefing your staff about potential hazards and the steps to follow when addressing an emergency. New staff members should be required to complete a first aid training course. Even if you have one or two people designated to handle emergencies, you should be overprepared during each outing.

Store the first aid kit in a designated area, and inform your staff members that they need to log information about any supplies that are removed from the case and the reason for doing so. For instance, if a crew member has a small cut, they may retrieve a bandage and this isn't something that you will need to be notified about immediately.

Your logbook will keep you on top of any incidents and will also let you easily tabulate how many supplies are left, without needing to remove the entire contents from the kit. Before passengers get on the boat, have them fill out medical emergency cards. Information about medical conditions, current prescriptions, or allergies can help with administering medical care that is adequate for each person's needs.