Safe Boating Tips
“Familiarity breeds contempt”! Or at least it can breed indifference. No matter how much experience you have, it’s a good idea for every boat owner to review boating safety rules before you leave the dock.
Here are 10 boating safety tips to keep you and your crew safe.
- Be Weather-Wise. Check local weather conditions before debarking and if you notice darkening clouds, changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe – get back to shore ASAP.
- Have a Checklist. Boating safety means being prepared. Have a pre-departure checklist to make sure no boating safety rules or precautions have been overlooked or forgotten.
- Use Common Sense. Common sense is your best advisor.
- Operating at a safe speed, staying alert and avoiding hazards and large vessels restricted in their ability to stop or turn.
- Designate a First Mate. Make sure more than one person on board is familiar with your boat’s handling, operation and safety.
- If something happens to the skipper, it’s important that someone else can get everyone else back to shore.
- Develop a Float Plan. Make sure someone on shore knows your sail plan and destination, including you destination(s) and anticipated time afloat and return to port.
- Use Lifejackets. The majority of drowning victims were not wearing lifejackets/ PFDs. Everyone on board should have and wear one.
- Avoid Alcohol. The party starts after the cruise is over, NOT before or during the cruise. Studies show that the effects of alcohol are increased by sun and wind.
- Maintain your boat. None of the above will help if your boat isn’t maintained and protected.
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