Staying safe on Windermere

Safety Instructions

To keep you safe on Windermere, one person in your group will be the designated Captain and they’ll be held responsible for ensuring safety when your party is onboard.

These Safety Instructions form part of the Boat Hire Permit, failure to adhere to them will lead to the loss of deposit. Windermere Quays reserves the right to refuse hire of vessels at our sole discretion and without explanation.



  • Keep an all-round lookout for approaching dangers, especially from behind.
  • Should you approach another boat head-on then the correct procedure is to pass to the right. But at all times common sense must prevail, just look at the situation and do what’s obviously the safest, while being aware of the DANGER of shallow areas.
  • Rocks and shallows are marked by either a line or circle of RED BUOYS.
  • Red buoys near the shoreline mean it is shallow between the RED BUOYS and shore.
  • Staff will help you on and off your boat – please wait for their assistance.
  • Stay outside all the red buoys, and a minimum of 100 metres (328 feet) away from all of the islands and shores.
  • Remain seated at all times and spread the seating positions to keep the boat level.
  • Keep all parts of your body inside the boat at all times to avoid injury especially when leaving and returning to the jetties.
  • On return, wait for a member of staff to become available to assist you to berth. They will use clear hand signals to help you and if necessary, you can use reversing action as a brake.
  • Treat the Car Ferry, which is approximately one mile south of our Marina, with extreme caution. Do not try to pass in front of it and stay at least 30 metres (100 feet) away at all times.


  • Swim from the boat.
  • Climb out of the seated area of the boat onto the deck.
  • Tamper with the safety equipment.
  • Tamper with the engine or other mechanical equipment.
  • Smoke or drink alcohol on the boat.
  • Throw items from the boat.
  • Deliberately rock or use the boat to make it unstable.
  • Allow anyone under 16 years to drive the boat without adult supervision.


If head on with another vessel pass it to the right, the opposite to the British highway.

Give way to sailing boats by turning to go behind them if your paths come together.

Stay out of the way of large passenger vessels, do not try to pass in front, they’re travelling much faster than you and have right of way, turn to pass behind.


Please ensure you remove all personal belongings.

Please remove any rubbish and dispose in the bins provided.