Survival Guide for Fishermen

Survival Guide for FishermenFisherman should always wear a hat to prevent injury from hooks and sunscreen to protect the face from sun exposure. These rudimentary tips will increase your basic level of safety, but additional survival tips are necessary to improve your chance of survival should an emergency at sea occur. Safety and survival gear and equipment are designed to address key concerns that face fishermen, including hypothermia, infection and drowning.


Difficulty: Moderate

Tips for Fishermen

Things You’ll Need:
  • Water
  • Food
  • Cooler
  • Navigation gear
  • Disaster equipment
  • Anti-exposure suit
  • Life jacket
Step 1
Ration your water supply. Calculate two liters of water for every expected day of your trip. If during your trip you become stranded and your supply diminishes beyond this amount, rest during the hottest part of the day and limit food intake. Wet your lips, tongue and throat with a small serving of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration.
Step 2
Store food in a sealed container or cooler. Secure the cooler high above the floor of the deck where flood waters can knock the cooler over and ruin your food supply if the boat capsizes. Breads, dried fish, beans and trail mix are easy to transfer to a raft, if necessary, and are edible without heating.
Step 3
Pack navigation gear and disaster equipment. Use an antiseptic ointment from a first aid kit to clean saltwater sores and other wounds.
Use a flare gun to attract the attention of passing boats and planes. Mirror reflectors and light sticks also signal distress when fishing.
Step 4
Wear layered clothing including an anti exposure suit when angling away from the shoreline or on unoccupied water. An anti exposure suit is designed to reduce the time hypothermia takes to set in and can prevent "cold shock" if your boat capsizes and you are thrown into the water.
Step 5
Wear a life jacket at all times. If expelled from your boat or raft, relax your body in the water and use the dog paddle stroke if the waters are relatively calm. Use the breaststroke if the waters are choppy. Float on your back to regain your strength during intervals of swimming.

Tips & Warnings

Eat crackers to treat an upset stomach.
Take seasickness pills if you experience discomfort from the rocking of the boat.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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