February 26, 2024
Boating Safety Tips

Are you new to the world of boating and want to make sure you’re taking the proper precautions? Click here for 4 must-know boating safety tips.

If you are excited to get out on the water, but are new to the world of boating, there are some important precautions you must take to keep you and your family safe. Keep reading to learn 4 boating safety tips that everyone must know before setting sail.

1. Always Be Prepared

It is impossible to predict when you will have an emergency on the water. The weather can change at any moment or you may suffer an unexpected jet boat repair that can leave you adrift if not prepared. It is important to always have an emergency kit on board and checked frequently to see if items need to be replaced or restocked. Some essential items for your emergency kit are a waterproof whistle for signal calling when help is needed, a first aid kit in case of an accident or medical emergency, life jackets, and a fire extinguisher if a fire breaks out.

2. Get the Proper Life Jackets

It’s not simply good enough to make sure you have life jackets. You have to make sure that you have the appropriate life jackets for the passengers that are on board, dependant on their height and weight, and are also Coast Guard approved. In some states, children are required to wear a life jacket at all times when on board.

3. Take a Safety Course for Boating

There are many things to learn about boating and safety while on the water. When it comes to what type of water you will be on, there is a difference between boating on lakes and open water. It is important to take a boating safety course before you head out so that you are aware of all the rules and responsibilities. There are many online courses you can take, some are even free, as well as hands-on courses that are created specifically for which state you are boating in.

4. Follow Proper Procedures

When it comes to docking and anchoring there are proper procedures that you must follow to ensure the safety of you, your passengers, and your boat. It can be difficult to dock depending on the wind, current, and size of your boat. Make sure you reduce your speed and have your bumpers ready to cushion between the boat and the dock and then be ready to secure it with lines. When anchoring, you will need to make sure that your boat doesn’t get dragged with the wind. The anchor will need to be the proper weight and size for the boat, but if the winds are strong enough a second anchor may be necessary.

There are many more boating safety tips that you will need to know before you board a boat and set sail, these are just a few to get you started! For more information and outdoor sporting tips, be sure to visit our website daily!