It’s Boating Season!
It is that time of the year again where it is popular to take out the boat and enjoy the lake life. With all the increase in boat traffic on lakes and rivers, it is very important to keep safety in mind. Following these tips and guidelines can help keep you safe and boating fun.
Make sure to always wear a personal floatation device (PFD). Children under 13 must wear a PFD while on a boat. Always keep a few extra adult and children size PFDs on board just in case a few extra people come on board or in case an accident may occur.
Avoid alcohol while operating a boat. Alcohol may impair the driver to make appropriate decisions while operating the boat. Operating a boat is just as dangerous as driving a vehicle after alcohol consumption. Boating while intoxicated (BWI) is strictly enforced and consequences can be severe. Please drink responsibly.
Tubing, wakeboarding, and water skiing are very fun and popular water sports. Make sure you are operating the boat at a safe speed, especially in crowded areas. Always have a passenger on lookout while participating in these activities. Be cautious of low water areas and follow the 50 foot rule.
Lastly, be weather-wise and darkness cautious. When bad weather is near, be sure to dock the boat and take to land. Make sure to turn on the boats nighttime settings so you can enjoy boating after the sun sets. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, most fatal boating accidents occurred between 12 AM and 6:30 AM (Source: Risk Conversation). Darkness can challenge the driver and make it difficult to see other boats, floating debris, buoys, and large rocks.
Following these simple tasks and increasing awarness can reduce the likelihood of a boating accident. Be sure to check out these tips and guidelines for more information!