Here are some of the precautions we took that day...
1) both dressed for submersion, full wetsuits, booties.
3)leashes... hugely important!
4)my partner had a VHF marine radio... I should have had one too... I do now.
5)people knew our plan and our intended route.
6)we had hand signals for each other "I am ok" & "I need help."
7)we had a back up plan if the wind took us somewhere we didn't expect.
8)we went out with plenty of daylight (11am)
9)we kept an eye on each other
Some will say that a dry suit would be better & I won't argue that point. There are pros and cons to both wetsuits and dry suits in the water.
I hope those of you that read this blog will take into consideration these safety measures next time you go out. Be safe and have fun and stay alive!