With Memorial Day just around the corner, there are many boaters, families, and friends everywhere preparing for a relaxing and fun weekend out there on the water. But with a large volume of people partaking in the water activities, it is extremely important to keep in mind a few boating safety tips that will ensure a fun and safe weekend for everybody. It is always better to be safe than sorry, so proper preparation is key.
Always Wear a Life Jacket
Don’t underestimate the name for a “life” jacket. Always be sure to wear yours and make sure that all young children in your sight are equipped as well. Be the person who reminds others that it is worth that extra second to throw on a life jacket. Life jackets that have been certified by the U.S. Coast Guard are recommended, as they will be the most effective should someone fall into the water.
Have a Plan
It is smart to know where you will be in relation to land and other important navigational landmarks. This will help you to always keep your sense of direction. Keep in mind that currents often cause boats to veer off course and it can be very dangerous if you’re not properly prepared.
Be sure to always inform others about where you are going to be. Let friends and family know where you’ll be planning on boating for the day and what time they can expect you back by. By this simple acknowledgement they can call for help in the event that something does happen while you are out.
The majority of boat accidents are alcohol-related, so keeping a cooler packed with alcohol in reach is not a good idea. Keeping the alcohol on land can truly be a lifesaving opportunity. It cannot be stressed enough to always be responsible when drinking alcohol.
Also, in case you didn’t know: you can absolutely be charged with boating under the influence (BUI).
Inspect Your Boat
A proper inspection of the boat before taking it out on the water can make all the difference. Make sure to give the boat a thorough inspection so you know that everything is in good working condition to provide a safe outing.
It is also important to have an extra fuel supply on board and all necessary survival items such as signal flares and an inflatable life raft. This quick easy step could make a huge impact on the outcome of your trip.
Of course, above all else we recommend protecting your boat and your passengers with Boat Insurance coverage. Whether you’re going fishing, water-skiing, or just taking a relaxing float, you want to make sure that you’ll stay out of hot water.
Utilize these safety tips so you can enjoy a fun Memorial Day weekend!
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