Boating Safety Tips to Stay Off Gilligan’s Island

Marine Week continues here at the CRO Blog. This week we looked at 3 of the craziest speedboats to hit the water and featured three of the best fishing spots in the U.S.A. Today we take a look at boating safety tips to know before you have fun with your friends and family on your boat.

Even when a person has a great deal of boating experience, it is essential to follow some basic safety tips. When something goes wrong, it is important to be prepared. Having the appropriate training and safety equipment will keep a trip on the water as smooth as possible.


Take a Boating Class

Both beginner and advanced boaters should be familiar with current operating rules. Although educational requirements vary by state, most places mandate the completion of at least one safety class. No matter the requirements, it is always best to understand the rules and how to react during all types of situations.


Prepare to Sail

Boating SafetyBefore departing on a boating adventure, it is important to check the local weather. Besides the radio and television, it is helpful to look at the skies. If dark clouds are approaching or the temperature is dropping quickly, it is smart to get out of the water.

It is wise to avoid drinking alcohol before boating as well. A person is twice as likely to get into a boat accident while intoxicated than while sober. Also, the effects of alcohol are intensified in windy and sunny conditions.

Anyone who spends time around water should know how to swim. When a person needs to learn, it is smart to contact local organizations like the American Red Cross. This group offers training to people of all ages.

Life jackets should always be worn on boats. Most drowning cases occur when boaters do not wear these life-saving devices. Before leaving the dock, each passenger should be equipped with a jacket that fits properly.


Create a Float Plan

After a boater decides to sail, it is essential to inform another person about the float plan. Information should include the names and contacts of everyone aboard, the boat type and registration, the kind of communication equipment on the boat and the trip itinerary. In times of trouble, this plan makes it easier to locate the boat and offer help.

Boating is a fun and relaxing way to spend the day. However, it is crucial to follow safety procedures. Knowing the rules and how to react in times of trouble will ensure a pleasant journey.