Safe Boating Tips for Summer Fun
Tips for Boating Safety in Summer
There’s no better place to spend summer than on a boat. The wind is in your hair, the weather is warm, and the open sea is ahead. A perfect way to cool off from the summer heat is enjoying water skiing, wakeboarding or just cruising and enjoying the scenery. Since everyone has the same idea, it can get a little crowded out on the water at this time of year. Before heading out on your boat, here are a few things to remember.
Check the weather
There’s nothing worse than having an unexpected storm ruin an amazing summer day. Weather can quickly change and bring rough water. Getting caught in a storm, especially in small watercraft, is not enjoyable and potentially dangerous. Before you head out on the open water, check the weather forecast to ensure it is blue skies ahead.
Too often, drownings occur because lifejackets were not tested, supplied or worn. Always ensure that there enough lifejackets for the number of people onboard, and keep them in good condition. Give one to each person and encourage everyone to wear one. Even seasoned swimmers can get fatigued if they are treading water for several minutes.
Drinking and driving will not and will never mix. It’s against the law to operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Even though it’s tempting to crack up a cold beer when you’re out on the water, prioritize safety and save it for when you’re back on land.
Take a boating course
It’s a good idea to refresh your safety knowledge before making the most of your boat all summer. Sign up to a local boating course to ensure you know how to navigate yourself out of a bad situation and what onboard procedures entail.
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