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.