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Boating Safety Tips

Boating Safety Tips

posted on Jan 09, 2019

If you have ever thought of having your own boat there are several safety tips you should be aware of that will keep you safe on the waters. You should know how to load and unload your boat safely so that you do not over or underweight your boat, be aware of the weather and others things you can do to ensure you have a safe and pleasant time on the high seas.

What are the boating safety tips?

Avoid Alcohol
One obvious tip is to leave alcohol on the shore, especially if you are the one who is doing the driving. Alcohol slows reaction timing and impairs judgment, so be sure you are sober before going boating as not to endanger yourself or others. But if you choose to have alcohol on the boat make sure the driver does not drink.

Properly Load and Unload Your Boat
Loading and unloading your boat the safe way may be a not so obvious tip. It is important not to overload your boat as well as keeping your boat too light. Especially in stormy weather, if your boat is too light it could easily be rocked during high winds. To load your boat safely you should:

• Load your boat before you reach the ramp. Remove all your cover straps before getting into the launch line. Obviously, you want to make sure all equipment is plugged in and working before you take off.

• Have someone assist you when you're ready to launch so you do not damage the boat or cause yourself injury.

When you are getting ready to launch, you should always check the weather before you leave, preferably the night before. As weather is unpredictable, especially on the high seas, you need to make sure you are prepared for a storm or high winds.

Know How To Swim
Learn how to swim! What will you be doing in the water without the ability to swim? If you can't swim and an accident should occur you won't last more than 5 minutes, 10 minutes tops. This is especially important if you have kids on board. It is never too early to learn how to swim. Small Fish Big Fish Swim School has swimming classes for all ages. You can sign up for our free trial here https://www.smallfishbigfish.com/free-trial

Life Jackets
Even if you and your guests know how to swim everyone on board should still wear a life jacket. If something should happen you will at least have the added extra protection of being able to float on top of the water so other passing boats can see you.

File a Float Plan
A float plan is a piece of paper that says where you are going, what boat you are in, the time you left, the time you expect to get back and so on. You can make up your own or download one here http://www.uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/floating-plan.php Eithe.r way, you should leave this float plan with a family member so they have your information.

Coast Guard
Know the channel on your radio for your local Coast Guard. Also know where they are located, their phone numbers and so on and put that on your float plan.

Following these small tips and learning the rules of navigation before you go boating will ensure that you have a safe boat ride that will be enjoyable for your entire crew. And most importantly sign up for a free swimming trial at Small Fish Big Fish Swim School https://www.smallfishbigfish.com/free-trial

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