Summer is almost here and that means it’s time to get excited about getting on the water. We live on a pretty large lake in Texas. A lot of the activities in town revolve around the lake, especially during the summer. If getting out on a boat is on your summer to-do list, Discover Boating can help you get on the water in style… and safely!
Summer Boating Safety Tips
I must admit, growing up near this lake my whole life, I still have inhibited fears. I am always concerned with safety first. Therefore, getting these summer boating safety tips to share is perfect. I can let my brother and sister, who both take boats on the lake, read through them and brush up on their safety rules. I’m the big sister… they’ll listen, right?!
Now, some of these are common sense, but sometimes the heat can make people lose all of that. These Summer Boating Safety Tips can give us all a refresher:
- Always wear a life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD). Most boating fatality victims were not wearing a PFD. Always carry PFDs in both adult and child sizes. Children younger than age 13 must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD while underway.
- Avoid alcohol. The probability of being killed in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved. Operating a boat under the influence is just as dangerous as driving a car when you’ve been drinking. Boating while intoxicated (BWI) is strictly enforced and carries penalties similar to driving, including possible Driver’s License suspension.
- Learn to swim. This falls under the common sense rule to me. Nonetheless, if you’re going to be in and around the water, then proper boating safety includes knowing how to swim.
- Operate at a safe speed. Use common sense, especially in crowded areas. A person must be able to bring the boat to a safe stop within the assured clear distance ahead.
- Always have a passenger serve as a lookout in addition to the operator.
- Watch out for low water areas or submerged objects. Plus, with recent flooding, be aware of what lies under the surface of the water. It’s all about paying attention and taking precautions.
Don’t have a boat? Or are you in the market for a new one? The Discover Boating Boat Selector can help you find the perfect boat!