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Safe Skipper app review: always be prepared



For sailors and boaters, heading out on the open waters can be a relaxing and fun activity but keeping safe should always be first and foremost. The Safe Skipper app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone has been designed by real yachtsmen with plenty of experience in boating and staying safe. The app features a wide selection of common boating tips and tons of safety information. It doesn’t matter if you’re heading out on a boat for the very first time or you’re an experienced yachtsman yourself the app can offer plenty of useful information.

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Safe Skipper - Boating Tips and Advice


Safety as the First Priority

When it comes to boating safety is always priority number one and the Safe Skipper app really hammers home that message in a positive and user-friendly way. This app features a collection of boating tips and safety information that can be used by anyone. This information is presented in a number of ways such as diagrams, photos, illustrations, and text. The idea is that if you follow these easy-to-understand tips and guidance you'll be able to avoid accidents and unfortunate incidents, yet if they do occur you will at least know how to respond.

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The app hasn't been updated in well over a year with the last update offering up some new graphics and more current information. Although the app doesn't yet have a customer rating the comments are very positive and it seems that this app is really hitting its mark.

Read up on all kinds of safety tips and information
Read up on all kinds of safety tips and information

Why Use the App

So why use the Safe Skipper app? Well besides the over 100 graphics and practical tips it's a great way to have a resource on hands at all times. There's no need to drag guides and information pamphlets with you. The app applies to both powered and sail craft and is divided into three categories which are safety, preparation, and distress and emergencies. There are more than 75 sections and sub-sections found in the app. Some of the information you will learn about includes a rig check, engine checks, man overboard drill, safety briefing, anchoring, life rafts, tool kit, VHF radio, signals, Morse code, and so very much more.

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I do find the user interface a bit under-whelming and it could definitely do with some interactive features, but at the same time it gets the job done and the information across to the user which is the main focus.

The app features a ton of graphics/illustrations
The app features a ton of graphics/illustrations

Safe Skipper - Boating Tips and Advice


Pros and Cons


  • The app can be used by new and experienced yachtsmen
  • Find a huge selection of information, tips, and advice
  • The app is divided into three main sections to make it user-friendly
  • This app can replace a number of resources you may usually carry aboard with you


  • The user interface feels dull and not very engaging
  • The app hasn’t been updated in quite some time

Safe Skipper screenshot
Safe Skipper screenshot

Final Thoughts

The Safe Skipper app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone certainly doesn’t wow when it comes to the user interface but in this case it’s all about the content which is very diverse and informative.


Safe Skipper - Boating Tips and Advice

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