Don’t Forgo the Lifejacket
When it comes to boating, lifejackets are a necessary accessory. While you may not think that you need one, you should consider what would happen if you go overboard. Most of the wakes created by a boat are enough to pull a person under. If you fall off of a boat when it’s moving and near other boats, it’s very easy to get pulled under the water. Trying to fight waves can be extremely hard to do, especially for younger children. Be safe and sport a lifejacket while on the water.
Have Boat Insurance
While you may not actually think about a collision on the water, it does happen. It’s best to have insurance on your boat so that you are covered if an accident occurs. In addition, you will want to have the contact information of a boat accident lawyer who can recover financial damages if an accident happens. Insurance will ensure that you and your passengers are covered if injuries happen on the water.
Master Your Swimming Skills
While you may not plan to go overboard, it can happen due to various mishaps while on the water. Having the proper skills to swim ashore or to a docking boat can be the difference between life and death on the water. If you’re not familiar with swimming techniques, then simply take a class. Many local YMCAS and other recreational centers offer free or low-cost swimming courses that can get you the information you need to be an effective swimmer.
Always Keep Tabs on the Weather
It’s disappointing when your plans go to the wayside due to bad weather. However, it’s best to sit it out instead of trying to boat with adverse weather coming in. Do yourself a favor and check the weather prior to going out on the water. You want to avoid any high winds or storms that may be rolling in.
Spending some time on the water this summer can be a great way to relax and create some special moments. However, safety should be your number one priority. By following the tips outlined for you above, you’ll be sure to have a safe and fun boating excursion.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan.
Site updated on 12. May 2021