Boating season is in full swing, which means now is the best time to brush up on boater safety. Taking the boat out for a nice day on the lake can be a relaxing and rewarding experience for everyone on board. But without following proper safety precautions, your boat might be an accident waiting to happen.
- Always have life jackets available for every person on board. Children and those who are not strong swimmers should wear a life jacket at all times. It is never a bad idea to wear a life jacket even if you are an avid swimmer. If there is a time when a passenger falls overboard, he could be struck unconscious for many reasons: hitting his head, or being shocked by the cold water. Wearing a life jacket will keep him afloat and more easily retrievable.
- Keep an eye on the weather. Before you depart from the dock, make sure you do not head into a storm or bad weather. Check the weather and plan accordingly. If there are treacherous waters ahead, skip the trip altogether and plan for another day.
- Avoid alcohol. Save the drinks for later when you are back on shore. Captaining a boat while intoxicated is the same as driving a car under the same condition. Also, limit your passengers’ intake as well. Accidents involving intoxicated passengers can be deadly.
- Don’t go alone. Having another person on board assigned the “skipper” position is a good idea. If you were to fall ill or otherwise not be able to captain the boat, your skipper could take over.
- Take a boater safety course. Re-learning the ropes, even if you have already taken the course, can only make your safety knowledge stronger. Plus, it could warrant a discount on your boating insurance. Call (800) 681-7261 for more details!