There is nothing quite as relaxing as being out on the water. Whether you are heading into the open ocean for some challenging deep-sea fishing or staying within sight of land, boating can be a wonderful and deeply satisfying experience. No matter what kind of boat you own or how often you use it, boating safety is something you should take very seriously. In a matter of minutes, the tranquility of the water can disappear, leaving a roiling storm and choppy seas in its place. Knowing what to do when the weather turns bad is the best way to keep your fellow boating enthusiasts safe and sound. Here are some smart boating safety tips for the whole family.
Swimming lessons will come in handy.
Invest in swimming lessons for family members who will be using your boat. No one expects the boat to go down or start taking on water, but being a strong swimmer could save your loved one’s life in an emergency.
Have your boat inspected on a regular basis
Even if the state where you live does not require a safety inspection, it is important to schedule your own. A regular inspection could uncover safety problems you may have missed otherwise.
Leave the alcohol on the shore
Drinking and boating do not mix, and operating a watercraft while under the influence is against the law. Feel free to enjoy your favorite adult beverages from the safety of dry land, but leave the wine, beer and cocktails behind before heading out on the water.
Keep up with the weather
Use a weather radio to monitor current conditions and keep up to date with storm warnings. Storms are nothing to fool around with on the water, so be aware of changing conditions and how they will impact your planned trajectory.
Keep a fire extinguisher on board and make sure it is properly charged. Fire suppression is very important for boaters, and it is important to have a working fire extinguisher on board at all times.
Take advantage of these summer days and enjoy time with your family in the water, but make sure you are doing it safely! When you are ready to store your boat, give us a call!