For many people, there is nothing more fun than spending the afternoon out on the boat with their friends and family. They love the warm sunshine on their face, the feel of the breeze through their hair, and the feeling of gliding over the water. No matter how experienced a person is when it comes to boating, it is always a good idea for them to go over a couple of boating safety rules before they depart on their next boating adventure. This will ensure that everyone has a fantastic time and knows exactly what to do in case an emergency arises.
First, it is important to be weather wise. Bad weather can turn a fun boating adventure into a nightmare. It is important to check local weather conditions before leaving on a boat trip. This can be done through radio or television. Also, if you see that the sky is darkening, the temperature is dropping, or the winds are kicking up, it’s a good time to not leave on a boat trip or to turn around and head for shore.
Second, consult a checklist before you depart. This should be a printed checklist that everyone in the boat will review. This checklist is going to include a list of all of the boat safety equipment that is on board and what should be done in case an emergency arises. Consulting this list before leaving each time will make sure that no safety equipment is forgotten and that everyone is prepared in case unexpected circumstances arise. Some of the safety equipment that we needed includes life jackets for everyone on board, a radio, and an emergency kit.
Third, let people know where you are going. You can let family and friends know basic information about your trip, or you can leave this information with staff who work at the local marina. The information that you want to leave should include the name and basic information of each individual in the group, the type of boat and its registration information, and the trip itinerary. Let them know what time you are leaving and when you plan to return. This information will prove lifesaving if a problem arises while out on the water and help is needed.
Following just these three above-mentioned tips can ensure that when you go boating next time, you will enjoy the trip. If an emergency arises, all of your bases will be covered. Everyone will know what to do and the supplies that are needed will be at the ready.