Of all the pleasures of summertime, nothing quite compares to a day on the water in good company. With the wind in our hair and a cold drink in hand, there’s no better way to escape the daily grind!

The knot is a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile (1,852 metres) per hour. That’s why we don’t speak of knots per hour.

Personal floatation devices (PFDs) don’t just stop you from sinking. They also keep you warm in frigid waters and help you withstand hypothermia by slowing down the loss of body heat—a crucial aspect for survival, especially if you’ve been injured or rendered unconscious.

How green are your boating habits? Reduce the environmental impact of your time spent on the water by using eco-friendly paint, adhering to speed limits (which limits fuel consumption) and making sure you don’t leave any debris in the waterway.

On which side should you pass a red buoy? Red Right Return is all you need to remember. The 3R rule captures the essential: red buoys must be to the right of your craft when entering a harbour or returning to land.

In the past, navigators mainly relied on the stars to figure out their position on the open sea. Today, modern navigation systems such as GPS, sonar and radar are available to help boaters of all kinds stay on course.

Before the invention of modern telecommunication systems, ships used a series of symbols printed on flags to communicate with land and with other vessels. Each flag represented a letter of the alphabet.