Boating Safety Tips!
Boating can be a wonderful recreational activity for the entire family, if you follow basic boating safety guidelines. No matter how much experience you have, reviewing these guidelines before departure is always a great idea. Another great suggestion is to use a pre-departure checklist. It is important to prepare for any scenario on the water, and following a checklist, ensures nothing has been forgotten or overlooked. This checklist should also include:
- A check of the weather forecast for your entire trip.
- Ensure you have all the necessary equipment and supplies for the length of your trip.
- Tell friends and family, as well as marina personnel, where you are going and your estimated return time.
- Drink plenty of water, stay hydrated.
Check your boat to ensure it is in proper working order. Did you know the US Coast Guard Auxiliary performs complimentary safety checks for personal boats? There is absolutely no charge for this service, and no consequences if you don’t pass the safety requirements. This is simply for your awareness and safety before you leave the dock.