Top 10 Boating Safety Tips

Operating a boat is like driving a car; it can be fun but there are
also safety risks. Being prepared before heading out on the water is
your best bet to avoid a boating accident. These boating safety tips
will help to prepare you for a great trip. If you or a loved one has
been involved in a boating accident, contact a personal injury lawyer
right away to understand your rights.

Top 10 Boating Safety Tips

  1. Check the weather forecast

Boating during inclement weather can be very dangerous and should
therefore be avoided. Always check the weather forecast before heading
out in your boat and look for darkening clouds, dropping temperatures or
increasing wind.

  1. Use a pre-departure checklist

A pre-departure checklist includes checking off a list of necessary
supplies such as personal flotation devices and distress signals and
topping off fuel before heading out. See a sample pre-departure
checklist here.

  1. Operate cautiously

Operate your boat cautiously by being aware of your surroundings.
Stay away from large boats, swimmers, and navigational aids such as
buoys. Slow down if you find yourself near any of these potential
obstacles.

  1. Have an “assistant captain”

Typically there will be one main boat operator but it is a good idea
to have a second person on board who is familiar with the boat and can
take over navigation if necessary.

  1. Write a float plan

Write a float plan and give it to a family member or to staff at the
local marina. The basic plan should include the name, address, and phone
number of each person on board, the boat type and registration
information; where you are planning to boat and for how long. An
emergency contact name and number would also be useful along with the
types of communication and signal equipment you have onboard.

  1. Wear lifejackets!

The majority of drowning victims are not wearing life jackets; you could save your life by wearing one!

  1. Do not boat while intoxicated

Many boating accidents occur because of impaired operators. In fact,
your risk of being in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is
consumed before or during the trip.

  1. Know how to Swim

If you are an adult who does not know how to swim, it is not too
late. Look into adult swimming lessons at your local aquatic center. If
you fall overboard, knowing how to swim could save your life.

  1. Take a boating safety course

A boating safety course can help to prepare you for various
situations while out on the water. There are online courses you can
take. Some states require that you take a boating safety course before
heading out.

  1. Take a Free Vessel Safety Check

The US Coast Guard offers free vessel safety checks to verify that you have the right safety equipment in good working order.

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Operating a boat is like driving a car; it can be fun but there are
also safety risks. Being prepared before heading out on the water is
your best bet to avoid a boating accident. These rel=”nofollow” >boating safety tips
will help to prepare you for a great trip. If you or a loved one has
been involved in a boating accident, contact a personal injury lawyer
right away to understand your rights.

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