What is BIBOA?

BIBOA Ltd is the UK RIB club for those who like to cruise and socialise in Rigid Inflatable Boats. Read more.


To take part in any BIBOA sea-going event the skipper of the boat must be a paid up BIBOA member and there must be valid 3rd party insurance for the vessel. Non BIBOA Members are very welcome indeed as crew accompanying a BIBOA skipper. 

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Safe Cruising Guidelines - Briefing your crew .....

BIBOA has been organising safe cruises and races for many years - but it can be all too easy to forget that when we started boating everything that many of us take for granted as "normal good practice" has often been learnt by making mistakes that could have been avoided.

The following articles are meant to be food for thought, and their relevance will of course depend on where you are boating, the size of your RIb, the weather, etc etc  - but even if you only pick up one tip them they will hopefully have been worth reading and thinking about .............

General Briefing for Skippers to encourage Safe Ribbing

Unless you know your crew well and have been Ribbing with them before, the following notes should be useful to ensure you all have a safe trip…

Before you set off - try and set aside 5 minutes or so to run through the following checklist with your crew. Remember, it is the skippers responsibility to ensure that the vessel has 3rd party insurance.

  1. Meet, greet, exchange names with crew.
  2. Give details of the intended voyage, timings, possible hazards, weather conditions and other relevant issues.
  3. Ascertain the experience and abilities of crew. Do any have boating experience, operation of VHF radio etc. Remind crew that the Coast Guard may be contacted via mobile phone if necessary (and what the number is for the relevant coastguard in the area). Advise crew how to summon assistance if the Skipper is incapacitated. 
  4. Ascertain that all crew have appropriate clothing.
  5. Issue lifejackets unless crew have their own. 
  6. Mention sun cream and eyewear (inc. retainers for glasses if required!)
  7. Advise crew of the likely/possible violent and unexpected movement of the vessels, particularly in respect to heavy landings and violent sideways movements. 
  8. Advise crew to remain seated at all times although they are permitted to stand when in the fitted bolster seats if they prefer to do so. Advise crew to keep their neck in correct line above their torso at all times. Give advice as to how to mitigate landing shock.
  9. Specifically enquire whether any crew have a relevant known weakness or infirmity (joints, neck etc) which might be affected or exacerbated by 3 above. Explain the “2” jump”. Give crew the opportunity to speak privately with their Skipper if they wish to. 
  10. Advise crew that the Skippers will try to keep their vessel in contact with the water at all times although this may not always be possible. The Skippers are mindful that the intention of the voyage is to provide a pleasurable experience with ‘controlled excitement’. 
  11. Advise crew that they should immediately notify their Skipper if they become concerned at any stage in the voyage either in relation to their own feelings (mental or physical) or to any other relevant matter.
  12. Mention on-board wc (or lack of) & comfort stops. Verify that there is a quantity of food & water on board.
  13. Give an opportunity for questions - in private if requested.

 Happy and Safe Cruising!

Please Note - the above information should be used only as a guide to help you cruise safely but responsibility rests with the skipper. BIBOA cannot be held responsible for any ommisions and/or errors in the guide above .