Using Immersion Alarm on Boats
Children, adults, dogs and cats are all potential "Man Overboard" (MOB) accident victims. A Safety Turtle MOB alarm instantly alerts others on board.
The Turtle should be securely attached to the back of an approved life jacket, above the buoyancy line, using the Velcro Adaptor. Alarming will still occur within a few seconds if the Turtle is alternately worn on the wrist. This has the advantage that a child continues wearing the Turtle below deck, subject to the following Warnings. Turtle wristbands are available in child and adult length.
- For information on human and pet use in salt water, see Safety Turtle and Salt Water
- Locating and rescuing a subject not wearing a life jacket is difficult, and often fails, resulting in drowning. A Safety Turtle does NOT substitute for an approved life jacket.
|Safety Turtle is not a substitute for diligent supervision or adequate barriers to restrict a child’s above deck or dock access.
Locate the Base Station above the boat's hull, normally in the cockpit. Use Terrapin's weatherproof carrying bag or equivalent to protect the Base Station from rain or spray. Test coverage in accordance with User Guide. Immerse Turtle at fore, aft, port and starboard locations. For complete testing, troll Turtle completely around the boat.
Reminder: Stern coverage is most important when the boat is in motion.
Confirm audibility of Base Station alarm throughout boat, with its motor running. If using Terrapin's Turtle Power battery pack, confirm audibility of rapid fault mode beeping, indicating low battery. Remove baby Turtle from Base Station to initiate fault mode beeping. If coverage or audibility is limited, consider use of a second Base Station or [wired or wireless] dual alarming Commercial / Extended Range System.
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- If 12V battery power is conveniently accessible through a cigarette lighter plug, use Safety Turtle's Cigarette Lighter Adaptor accessory rather than AC adaptor and an inverter. At 75 milliamps, the direct draw of Base Station on a boat's battery is negligible.
- The Turtle Power battery pack accessory, in series, provides uninterrupted backup to the boat’s power supply.