Boating and sailing are very enjoyable summer pastimes. Spending the day on the water with your loved ones and enjoying the Sun and sea is an exciting experience. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and it is important that you know how to stay safe when out on the water. Proper marine safety practices should be part of your boating plans this summer. There are many things that can go wrong when sailing on the water. Here are some easy tips to help you stay safe on your boat this season.
Life Jackets Are Key
You should always have life jackets on board your boat and be sure that you have one for every passenger. Life jackets literally save lives and must be worn at all times when on the water. Most life jackets are designed to turn the wearer face-up in the water and even help keep hypothermia at bay. By law, all marine vessels are required to have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board. Some states also require children to wear life jackets at all times. Be sure you choose a life jacket that is right for your height and weight. There are many kinds of life jackets on the market. Your life jackets should be stored where they are easily accessible.
Check the Weather Before You Sail
It is important to check weather conditions before you set sail. As you know, the wind and weather can change in an instant, which can spell disaster for your trip. Warm weather can create thunderstorms and strong wind can churn up big waves. Even if it’s a warm day, the ocean water can still be close to freezing. Preparation is key to marine safety and it can prevent unfortunate accidents from happening.
Make Sure Your Boat is Well Maintained
A safe boat is a maintained boat so you should ensure that your boat is properly serviced before you get on the water. All important elements of your boat should be checked, such as the engine, radio, navigation system, and docking systems. Another important thing to have on your boat is an emergency kit. The kit should come with everything you need in an emergency, including fire extinguishers, a first aid kit, flashlight, toolkit, whistle, and ropes. No matter how much experience you have, it is always a good idea to review marine safety guidelines and make sure you and your passengers are safe.
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