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I prepare my outing :
  • I choose a route suited to my abilities, those of the group and the navigating conditions. I find out how long the route will take, how difficult it will be and what the possible dangers are.
  • I take into account that the return trip may be more difficult due to wind or currents. I don't overestimate my strength.
  • I check the weather forecast before setting out and monitor its evolution during the outing.
  • I equip myself : lifejacket mandatory for excursions, cap, sunglasses and sun cream, drink, food, telephone in waterproof pocket.

I respect navigation rules :
  • I scrupulously respect the no-navigating zones, such as the bathing zone on the beach and the natural areas of the Grande Cariçaie. No-navigating zones are marked by yellow buoys.
  • In addition, I must keep a distance of at least 25 meters from fields of reeds, rushes or water lilies.
  • I respect the rules of priority applicable to boats, especially passenger boats, and landing zones.

I remain vigilant and follow the weather :
  • I follow the weather and pay particular attention to the orange lights emitted by the ports. They indicate storm warnings :
    The strong wind warning (orange light flickering at around 40 flashes per minute) draws attention to the danger of the arrival of winds gusting up to 40 to 60 km/h, with no precise indication of the time. It is issued as early as possible. In this case, abort your trip and return to base.
    The storm warning (orange light flickering at around 90 flashes per minute) draws attention to the danger of the arrival of winds whose gusts may exceed 60 km/h), with no precise indication of the time. In this case, you should head for the coast as quickly as possible, and be prepared to get out of the water if necessary.
  • If there's a risk of thunderstorms, I must get back to my base as quickly as possible. If I can't get to the base, I go ashore and take shelter.

In case of emergency, contact these numbers :
  • Center nautique Y-Plage : 078 268 82 83
  • Police and rescue : 117
  • Ambulance assistance : 144

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