MARINE Rescue Shoalhaven volunteers have saved five people from the water in the past six weeks.
Most were suffering hypothermia after being rescued.
The RMS has issued a reminder to skippers that they are responsible for their boat and the safety of those on board.
An RMS spokesperson said skippers should always check the weather before and during boating.
“Boating in cooler weather increases the risk of developing hypothermia from wind-chill, capsize and damp and wet clothes.
“All boaters heading out during winter months should wear warm thermal clothing, wet weather gear and a lifejacket for extra warmth and flotation in the event of capsize,” the spokesperson said.
With strong and cold winds a regular feature of weather patterns at this time of the year, skippers are expected to understand and read the weather and know the limits of their craft.
Skippers going offshore should tell someone where they are going and when they plan to return.
Anyone heading more than two nautical miles offshore is required to carry a marine radio and a 406 MHz EPIRB distress beacon.
For more information on boating safety, go to www.maritime.nsw.gov.au