10 Boating Safety Tips

Here are 10 boating safety tips to make sure you and others stay safe while out on the open water. Going for a boat ride can be fun and exhilarating especially when you keep these safety tips in mind.  Always make sure you have enough life jackets for the number of passengers you will be transporting. Follow the following 10 boating safe tips to ensure an enjoyable adventure at sea.

  1. Wear a life jacket First and foremost, the easiest way to keep safe in case of an accident is to have your life jacket on. It is required by law to have enough life jackers in the boat for all the passengers, but if something happened, it would be difficult to put it one on if you are already in the water so make sure you put your life jacket on before heading out. Same for your passengers.
  2. Keep the load at capacity Every boat has a posted capacity limit. Make sure that the people and other things loaded on the boat for your ride do no exceed this limit.
  3. Check the weather Make sure you check the weather before your ride. If there is bad weather in the forecast, make sure you plan your ride accordingly.
  4. Sit in the seats Many boaters like to sit on the sides of the boat or up on the top of the seats. If another larger boat came by with a large wake, this could turn into a dangerous situation if you got knocked around. Sitting down in the seats is much safer.
  5. Don't drink and drive Drinking while boating is just as dangerous as drinking while driving. In addition to the obvious danger, the driver is not only liable for themselves, they are also liable for all their passengers if anything happened. You can get cited for operating a boat while under the influence, just as you can for driving a car under the influence, so just be safe and do not drink.
  6. Check your equipment The best way to make sure you have all the safety equipment required by law is to keep a checklist. You can quickly check it off before each ride.
  7. Pay attention to navigation aids Buoys and other markers are there for a reason. It is not a good idea to play chicken with them or get too confident with your knowledge of the area. You never know what can change with water levels and other natural changes.
  8. Keep up with boat maintenance The coast guard or other facilities will look over your boat and do a safety check. Take advantage of this before you head out.
  9. Know the rules of the road The best way to learn all you need to know about driving a boat and boat safety is to take a boating course. They are offered everywhere and for all appropriate ages.
  10. Educate all the passengers The more informed all the passengers are the better off everyone will be. Make sure they know how to get in and out of the boat, they know to stay seated, keep their hand away from the dock when in the process of docking, and anything else you learned in your boating class.
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