“The trips to the unknown takes a journey through the waters” – Anonymous
Boat rides can be fun & interesting, in fact, it is one of the safest means of transportation that comes with varieties of options (boat cruises, parties, picnic, dates, events, and so on). Just as we have different types of vehicles like cars, pick up, SUV, bus, trailers and the likes, same way we have boats of different sizes and capacities for different purposes and some of these are found at the jetties.
Right here, it’s all about the boats we use for the purpose of sightseeing, cruises and movement from one point to another, like beaches, jetties and resorts that can only be accessed by water. It is quite important to be equipped with some helpful tips to avoid stories that touch the heart. You know what I mean.
Since I’m all about experiences, let me share with you my first experience on an open boat. Grab a seat with some popcorns as I take you through this one.
My first time being exposed directly to such a huge amount of water which also happens to be my first time visiting the beach and also my first time experiencing a boat ride was during my visit to Tarkwa Bay. Tarkwa Bay is one of those beaches that can only be accessed by water, same as Inagbe Grand Resort. It was a trip organised by Discoveria Tours and it was meant to be a nice time at the beach. The moment I realised that we are taking a boat to the destination, I got my anxiety level to the highest, but subconsciously I was saying to myself, “It is just a boat ride, nothing more. You are a guy so you should not allow your fears to be visible.” Those pep talks were so needed at the time.
On our arrival at the CMS Jetty, the sight of the waters got to me a little bit, and when shown the boats which will take us to the destination, all I could do was to smile. This is actually what I signed up for. So I was like let’s get this done with. The boat operator gave each and every one of us a life jacket and instructed us to put it on even before getting into the boat. The jacket felt so light that I was wondering how this was meant to save us from drowning. But that’s how it works, it makes you feel light.
It is one thing to enter into a space that is well balanced and grounded and it is another thing to enter a boat that is on the water lol, you need to enter gently and get a seat. While it was an “easy peasy” thing for me, you have to see the ladies, they almost threw us overboard with their screams and fidgeting, apparently, I wasn’t the only one who is having his first of its kind experience. Everyone got in thankfully and we are on our way. Always ensure that you follow the instructions from the boat operator.
Few things to note during your first boat ride experience;
- Always request a Life Jacket: This is as important as using a seat belt during your road trips. Always insist and ensure you request one and wear it immediately you receive it. Photos are actually cool in it. Trust me. So if not even for safety sake, for the gram sake.
- Do not be in a hurry: Calm your nerves down and ensure the life jacket fits properly. Ensure the buckle or zip are perfect and working. The boat operator will tell you when it is time to board the boat.
- Do not jump: While boarding the boat, don’t be tempted to jump into the boat. Allow the boat to be very close to you will you get helped into the boat. When you get in, you will realise that there is nothing to be scared about.
- Go for the middle seat: For first-timers and those that are scared of water, always seat in the middle and not by the sides, if you are boarding the wooden open boat or any kind of boat. Seating in the middle prevents you from falling and boosts your confidence. If possible allow those you are very familiar with a seat beside you in case you want to hold on to someone or bite someone if you encounter little tides on the waters. The boat operator will always reduce the speed whenever they encounter such. You will be fine nonetheless.
- Resist the urge to put your hands at the sides of the boat: Avoid minor accidents such as having your hands clamped in between the boat and the pier. It pain can be very excruciating. More reasons why the middle seat is the best except for those who are used to the boat in all its glory.
- Lastly, keep your gadgets in watertight bags or purse: For two reasons,(1) to avoid the temptation of taking pictures while on the boat as a first-timer. You can be distracted and the phone or camera falls off your hand. (2) the seawater is very salty, and if gets into your phone, it can paralyse your phone and make it useless. I’ve lost two gadgets due to these horrible experience. If you must take pictures or videos then you have to do that with care. Although picture taken on the boat is always nice too *smiles.
With these few points of mine, I hope I have been able to convince you that a boat trip is one of the most interesting trips you can ever embark on.
Have you ever been on a boat ride before, what was your first experience like? Are there other tips you feel we should take note of, feel free to share, you might be saving a life?
Till we meet again, travel is beautiful.