When heading out on the water, one way of ensuring you have what you need for safety is a checklist.
Discover Boating has a printable <a href="https://www.discoverboating.ca/owning/maintenance/departure.aspx?from=safety"
Filing a float plan with someone ashore is a safety feature when out on the water. It should include names and
contact information for everyone on board, your destination(s) and time you will return
to shore. Be sure you close your sail plan on return by checking in with your onshore contact.