Nothing can make you feel relaxed but spending a day on a boat with your family or friends. Boating is the best way to spend quality time in a beautiful natural environment. No matter how much experienced you are about boating, reviewing the essential boating safety tips is always a good idea before you leave the dock to make sure you and your family will be safe on the water.
Below are a few basic safety tips to help you boat responsibly and relish your time with family on the water.
Take a Boating Safety Course
According to the US coast guard, more than 70% of boat accidents occur due to the boat operating mistakes. That is the reason, make sure you take a boating safety course before leaving the dock in order to have safe boating experience. It helps you know and understand the rules and responsibilities while operating a boat. You can also search on YouTube for a free boating safety course. Moreover, you can Google for a suitable safety course for a specific state or country in which living you are.
Check the Weather Before you Leave
Sunny and warm days are considered as ideal for boating. But you cannot predict when something unexpected happens when you are on the water. However, you should check the marine forecast to find the best and safe day for boating. If you find gusts of wind and choppy water on your sailing weather app, its mean a storm is approaching your area. Even if it is a warm but spring day, the water could reflect temperatures like it is winter. That is the reason, checking weather forecast can help you stay safe and secure.
Don’t Overload the Boat
Before you leave the dock, be sure to follow the boat’s capacity and don’t overload it with equipment or people. Overloading can unbalance the boat and can cause a serious accident to ruin your boating experience.
Check for Harmful Gases
When you refuel the boat tank, open all the hatches and smell for fumes if any. If any kind of fumes detected, don’t try to start the engine and check all the possible places for fumes including, enclosed spaces on your boat, ineffectively ventilated canvas enclosures and nearby boats etc. If you detect the fumes again, then ask an expert to check your boat and do some necessary repairs if needed.
Use Common Sense on the Water
Rules for operating a boat are not much different from driving a vehicle on the road. One should be cautious and alert on the water for any unexpected happening. Also, use common sense and stay alert all the time to stay safe and keep others safe within the railings of your boat.
Carry safety equipment on board
Not only life jackets, but you should stock your boat with all the essential safety equipment like a tool kit, first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, an extra dock line, and a marine VHF radio, etc. to prevent or deal emergency situations if any.