Boating Safety Tips

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Disclaimer: Today’s discussion on boating safety tips is brought to you by Mom Central and Discover Boating. I received a sample item to thank me for taking the time to write about this subject. All opinions are my own.

 

As I mentioned at the beginning of June, I was chosen as a Discover Boating AmbassadorI had shared my plans of getting out on the water this summer. Like the best well laid plans, that didn’t end up happening.

Towards the end of June, I landed by dream job at Gourmet Ads . Because of this I’ve decided to stick around for the summer.

Right now I’m living vicariously through country star Jack Owen. Read more about why he loves life on the water here.

However, if you are thinking of going boating this summer please take a minute to read my safety tips. No matter how many times you’ve been on the water, you can always use a refresher.

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Boating Safety Tips

1. Pay attention to the weather. It’s always a good idea to watch the weather forecast before heading out. However, be aware of your surroundings. If you see dark clouds or choppy water: head back to shore.Also consider bringing a radio on board.

2. Be prepared: Make sure you have enough fuel, and lifejackets on board. Most likely you won’t need them, but better safe than sorry!

3. Develop a “Float Plan”:  You’ve heard of flight plans right? A Float Plan is the same exact thing but for boating! Make sure someone on shore knows where you are going and when you plan to return. That way if anything goes wrong they’ll know where you are.

4. Avoid Alcohol: Driving a boat while intoxicated is just as dangerous as driving a car. Save your celebrating for dinner after you are back on dry land.

5. Free Boat Safety Check: These are often offered by the Coast Guard. If you can’t find a location nearby consider one of their virtual safety checks instead.

What are your summer plans? How could those plans involve boating?