USA- Summer brings warm weather and drives the desire to spend time boating and swimming. It is important, though, to note that swimming and boating can be dangerous when people fail to behave cautiously. Whether you rent or own a boat, safe boating saves lives. According to boatsetter.com, there are some basic boating tips that have been proven to keep families safe when visiting and boating the state of Florida.
Take an Approved Boating Safety Course – The U.S. Coast Guard offers several boating safety courses to teach boaters the basics of boating safety and to provide a refresher course for advanced boaters. Most are offered for free. A boater’s safety course also helps keep your boating skills sharp.
Never Let Anyone Operate a Boat After Drinking Alcohol – One of the most important things for any boater to remember is to never operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol. Drinking and driving is a known, dangerous behavior that puts everyone’s lives at risk on the road. On the water, alcohol poses plenty of risks as well. Being on the water presents additional dangers, and anyone operating a boat should be sure to stay sober and focused.
Keep Life Jackets Handy and Make Sure Children Wear a Life Jacket – Life jackets are another important consideration on a boat. Life jackets can save a person’s life. While many people may be confident in their swimming abilities, on a boat, even a good swimmer can suffer injuries that put them at risk of drowning. In some places, life jackets are required by law. It is important to understand these requirements prior to heading out on the water. Children should always wear well-fitting life jackets when on the water.
Have Spotters Check for Swimmers – At the beach, or while swimmers are in the water near a boat, it is important to have someone serve as a water watcher who focuses on ensuring that everyone is safe. The person watching the water should never be using a phone or swimming while trying to ensure that the other people are safe.
Drink Plenty of Fluids – Always ensure that the boat has enough drinking water for everyone on board. People often underestimate how much water they will go through while boating in hot weather.
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