Few things are as enjoyable as a day on the water with friends. However, unless you follow safety precautions, a day of fun can turn dangerous.
Protect yourselves and your loved ones by following these simple boat safety tips:
- Be sure to have a Coast Guard approved life vest (Personal Floating Device) for each person on board.
- Operate your boat at a safe speed.
- Keep an eye out for other boaters, objects, and swimmers.
- If crossing a wake, cross at low speeds and keep a close lookout for water skiers and towlines.
- Obey speed limits and no-wake zones.
- Do not go boating alone, if possible.
- Inspect your trailer that the lights work and that your boat is secure on the trailer before you travel to your destination. Balance the contents inside the boat.
- Don’t mix boating with alcohol or drugs.
- Have charts of your destination.
- Let someone know your travel plans.
- Check the weather forecast for your destination.
- Check that there is enough fuel and oil for the entire trip.
- Have your owner’s manual and registration on board in waterproof containers.
- Keep a Coast Guard approved working fire extinguisher and warning flares onboard.
- Have your boat equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS) and know how to use it.
- If a storm comes up, slow down or drop anchor. Make sure everyone onboard wears a PFD.
- For more safety tips, click here to visit the United States Coast Guard Boating Safety Resource Center.
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