Most people that spend their time fishing will be very close to water for most of the experience.

And while water is perfectly safe for the most part, there are some situations where not practising proper water safety could potentially lead to problems, especially if there is a strong undercurrent in the water that is not immediately visible from the surface.

Being as safe as possible when near to water is paramount to ensuring that nothing can go wrong, and here we will look at some water safety tips that all fishermen can employ when they’re out on the water for a day.

Never Go Alone

A lot of fishermen like to go out on to the water on their own; sometimes they don’t have someone to take with, or maybe their usual fishing partner is busy on that particular day.

But it’s usually best to wait until they are able to go with, as having someone come along ensures that nothing can go wrong in case the fisherman finds themselves in the water and battling to get out.

This is especially important if the fisherman decides that they want to go swimming, where having another person nearby can often mean the difference between life and death. If they intend to just fish from the shore, then having a second person is not as important.

Take A Life Jacket

A fisherman will usually take an assortment of gear with them when they head out to the lake, dam, or ocean, and one of the best items to take along is a life jacket.

These relatively inexpensive but invaluable pieces of gear can make all the difference in an emergency situation and should be worn at all times when in a new body of water, especially one that’s known for having strong undercurrents, whirlpools, or draining pools.

A life jacket doesn’t inhibit the fisherman’s ability to cast their line, but it’s something that they would instantly miss if they didn’t have it and found themselves in the water.

Monitor The Weather

The weather can make all the difference to the success of a fishing trip, but it can also make the water much more dangerous than it usually is. Keeping an eye on the weather, specifically if there are high winds predicted, can help the fisherman remain safe when the water becomes choppy.

Weather apps and websites are usually free to use and can offer a look at the latest weather conditions and what’s predicted to happen for the rest of the day, and if it’s looking bad, it’s probably better to just stay at home and see what’s happening at

Avoid Alcohol And Drugs

It might be tempting to take a few bottles of alcohol or cannabis – if it’s legal – out on to the water to make the experience more enjoyable, but any substance that alters motor controls and decision making can ultimately lead to safety problems.

It’s best to instead try and only drink water or coffee while out on the water and leave alcohol at home.