Our Summer Safety Survival Guide (which you can download for free) covers a number of topics and offers tips to help you and your family have a safe, healthy, and fun summer. And if your summer plans include spending some time on a boat, you will want to make note of our tips for staying hydrated during the summer, tips for managing sun exposure and our tips for boating safety.
Before you go boating:
- Take a boating course. Those who are new to sailing will want to take a comprehensive course to get an introduction to boating basics. And if you are an experienced boater, you can benefit from refresher courses to review and update their skills.
- Take advantage of the free vessel safety checks offered by the U.S. Coast Guard. No matter how much you know about boats, it would be good to have experts take another look—especially since it is at not cost to you!
- Check the weather. Sometimes people get so excited about going out in a boat that they don't think about the weather. You want to know if you have good sailing weather and be aware of any approaching storms.
- Check your equipment. Make sure you have everything you need and that you have enough flu.
- Find someone to be your right hand. There should be someone else on your boat that knows how to operate it in the event that you cannot. Even if you never become incapacitated on your boat, you may still want to take a break and not be the only person aboard who knows how to operate your boat.
- Create your float plan. Let family and people at your local marina in on your plans. Give them a flat plan so they can look out for you.
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