Boating can be a lot of fun but it also requires you to be vigilant. Sometimes you can be so relaxed on your boat that your fail to look out for other boaters. Boats with inattentive, incapacitated, or inexperienced drivers can be a hazard on the waterways.
In our Summer Safety Survival Guide, we offer tips that can help you to stay safe while boating. One of the best ways to avoid stress when your out on the water is to set guidelines for yourself and you’re your passengers. Being out on the water can be calming as long as you have prepared well and know how to handle a boat.
Don't mix boating and alcohol. Don't drink if you are driving a boat and encourage your passengers to stay sober as well. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that alcohol plays a role in almost half of the instances where an older teen or an adult drowned in a natural setting.
- Wear a life jacket and see to it that all of your passengers also wears a life jacket.
- Only dive off of a boat if you know how deep the water is.
- Do not swim or allow others to swim with 10 feet of the back of your boat until the engine had been off for 15 minutes or more.
- Make sure that tubers and skiers and another other towed passengers are at least 20 feet from the back of the boat.
- Did you know that the carbon monoxide from a boat's exhaust could equal the exhaust of 166 cars? Pay attention to the exhaust of other boats and make sure you and your passengers are not overexposed to boat exhaust.
- Pay attention to any sudden changes in weather while you are boating. This includes: drops in temperature, darkening clouds and rough winds.