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Infographic: Safe boating tips
Concerning Safe boating tips, NOAA advises to:

Reduce speed and head back to shore in the possibility of high winds and waves;
Be calm and control breathing in case of emergency. Specifically, when falling in cold seas, one should minimize their time in water, get dry and warm as soon as possible;
Be fully informed about weather forecast; In case of thunder, NOAA advises to stay in the cabin or head to shore.

In the meantime, The Nautical Institute has provided ten top tips for mariners about observing and coping with weather at sea, which namely are:

Keep a weather eye
By all available means
It’s behind you
Safety and efficiency
Beware of change
Predictive planning
Keep records
New tools, traditional observations
Share and share alike
Take pride

source: safety4sea