Safe Boating Tips For You And Your Family This Summer

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Are you planning on spending your summer on the water? Boating is a fun way to enjoy the summer weather and your local scenery. Keep your family safe with the following tips:

1. Always Wear Lifejackets

Make sure you and your family members wear a life jacket at all times—even if you are good swimmers. A life jacket drastically increases your odds of surviving a boating accident. Small children should wear life jackets any time they are near the water, and adults should always wear them on the boat.

2. Check The Weather Forecast

It only takes a few seconds to check the weather forecast. Make sure the conditions are safe for boating before you leave land.

3. Make A Float Plan

Decide when you’ll be boating, and approximately what time you’ll finish. Let someone on land know where you’re going and when you plan to get back. Leave them with information about your boat and all your passengers. This way if something goes wrong, they’ll know to call for help.

4. Protect And Inspect Your Boat

Inspect your boat before you take it out on the water and protect it during the off-season. Keep up on regular maintenance and invest in insurance to protect your boat and make repairs affordable.

5. Take A Boating Course

Take a course to learn the basics of boating. You’ll learn how to safely operate your boat, and what to do in an emergency.

6. Save Alcohol For Later

Alcohol impairs your judgment and your senses. Being out in the sun on a moving boat will exaggerate the effects of alcohol. Save the drinking for when you get back on land.

7. Stock Up For Emergencies

Keep maps, flares, extra drinking water, and a first aid kit on your boat so you’ll be prepared if there is an emergency or injury away from land.

Boating can be a fun and relaxing way to enjoy time with your family. Follow the tips above to keep everyone safe.