Distress flares are a vital element of a vessels safety equipment and the flares that you need can be purchased conveniently in distress flare packs. Flares are instantly recognisable distress signals which could save your vessel or your life. It is important to carry the correct number and variety of flares for your safety and to protect your vessel.
There are three types of flares - hand held flares, rocket flares and floating flares. Red handheld flares used at night or in times of poor visibility and orange handheld flares used by day are for indicating distress and to ensure that your craft can be pinpointed in the final mile of a search. White flares are used as collision warnings in foggy conditions or to provide targeted illumination.
Rocket flares are distress flares which launch a coloured star high into the air. This may be suspended from a parachute to slow its descent. The star can be seen from farther away than a hand held flare. Floating orange smoke flares are activated by pulling a pin. The entire device is then thrown onto the water to highlight your position or to indicate the wind direction during a rescue.
For your convenience, our distress flare kits by Pains Wessex each feature the minimum number of each type of flare that you should carry. We offer kits for inshore, coastal and offshore trips.
Inshore Distress Kit
The Pains Wessex Inshore Distress Kit is for use when you are travelling up to 3 miles from the shore. It features 2 red hand held flares and 2 orange hand held flares.
If you are venturing further afield then you will need the Offshore Distress kit. This includes 4 red hand held flares, 2 orange smoke floating flares and 4 red rocket flares.
Each kit is supplied in a handy waterproof container.
If you wish to supplement your safety equipment or to preplace used or expired flares then please do take a look at our collection of individual flares where you will find everything that you need.
Remember that you should always use your flares advisedly. Only deploy a flare if there is an imminent threat to life or to your vessel. Dont point flares at people and never let children use them. Do not use flares which are past their expiry date and dont keep expired flares as spares. Deploy flares whilst wearing gloves and keep suitable gloves in your kit. Familiarise yourself with the instructions before attempting to use any flare.
If you have any questions about distress flares then please do get in touch with our friendly team who will always be happy to help.
Unfortunately, due to the hazardous nature of flares, we are unable to send them through the post or by courier. Flares must be collected from our store.