Before leaving on an excursion, it is neccessary to prepare a trip plan. The goal of the trip plan is to facilitate search and rescue in case of distress and/or of no return.
Before heading out, the operator of a pleasure craft should filed the trip plan with the necessary details in order to assist in initiating a call for search and rescue in the case of an emergency.
File the trip plan with a trusted person who is familiar with what instructions to follow in case of an emergency.
As well, during the trip, update the trip plan in order to prevent unnecessary emergency operations.
Always let the person you entrusted with your trip plan know of your return to avoid unnecessarily deploying a search.