The reason you got your boat in the first place was to have fun on the water, whether with family, friends, or that special person you want to impress. Don’t let that joy turn to horror when something goes terribly wrong miles from shore and you are not prepared to take proactive action. The following tips will make sure that each time you leave the safety of the docks that you are in a great position to return with memories you will cherish a lifetime.
Even before you take your first ride out with the boat you should have registered and taken a boat safety class. Regardless how many things you think you are prepared for, that boating class will present you with several scenarios and how to combat them that could save your life.
Make sure you have more than enough safety equipment on board. There needs to be enough life jackets for each person you take on the trip including yourself, and plenty of flotation devices in the event someone goes overboard or the boat capsizes.
Invest now in a good boat radio. You want to be able to call for help at the first sign of trouble before a bad situation turns into a deadly situation. The sooner you can call for help, the less time you will be at the mercy of Mother Nature.
Never mix alcohol and boating. Regardless all those images you have in your head about the party lifestyle that takes place miles out at see, this is a recipe for disaster. Besides, you get stopped and tested and fail a breath test, say goodbye to your boating adventures for a while.
If you have not yet attended boating school, now would be a good time. So many things change, canals widen and shrink, sand bars seem to appear out of nowhere, and the shore line is in a constant state of change. These boating safety classes will help keep you informed so that you are in the best position to have the safest possible trip.
Take the time to reach out to anyone on shore that is not going out on the boat with you that day of your plans. If you do not call in by a certain time, they can alert the authorities of your course so that if something went wring you can be tracked down that much faster.
These boating safety tips will ensure your trip out on the water with your guests is memorable.