Boating season is slowly but surely coming up, which means it’s time to start daydreaming about those days on the water. It’s also the perfect time to brush up on your boating safety procedures. Last year, we shared some helpful boating safety tips, and this year we expanded our list to bring you a few more.
Here are 7 ways to keep your boating days safe and fun!
1.) Learn the Ropes.
In 2019, the U.S. Coast Guard reported operator inexperience as one of the top five primary contributing factors in boating accidents. Understanding boating laws, rules, and responsibilities will keep you boating safely for years to come. Pro-tip: the BoatUS Foundation offers free online boating safety courses specifically designed for each state.
2.) Start Your Day Right.
Before you begin your day on the water, make sure someone knows where you are going, and
when you’re expecting to return. Open all hatches on your boat and run your blower before you head out. If you smell fumes, do not start your engine!
3.) Keep an Eye On the Weather.
Check the weather before your boating excursion, and keep tabs on it throughout the day. Weather can change on a dime, so staying attentive is key. Noticing dark skies, lightning, or choppy water? Time to head back to shore.
4.) Don’t Overcrowd your Boat.
Keeping a balanced boat is imperative. Triple check you’re following your vessel’s capacity restriction, and that you don’t have too many people or too much equipment onboard.
5.) Keep a Stocked Boating Safety Kit Handy.
It’s a boy scouts motto: be prepared. A boating safety kit is one of the best ways to prepare for any situation. In addition to a first aid kit, your boating safety equipment should include:
– a bucket
– duct tape and garbage bags
– a fire extinguisher.
Your stocked boating safety kit should be kept in an easily accessible place on the boat.
6.) Stock the Right Life Jackets For All Boaters
Life jackets can save a life if you run into trouble on the water. Have life jackets that are U.S. Coast-Guard approved and right for all boater’s height and weight. Pro tip: life jackets with pockets and straps are perfect for carrying tackle and extra supplies!
7.) Get Your Boat Checked
Getting your boat checked regularly is a great way to make sure you don’t have any surprises while you’re out on the water.
Enjoy a Smoother Ride
These 7 boating safety tips will help your days on the water be smooth sailing! Looking to add more ease to your boating experience? Smooth Moves Seats easy-to-install seat-suspension kit offers an ergonomic ride for your muscles and back, so you can make the most out of your time on the water, without the worry of joint pain and backache.