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Here are some helpful boating tips to keep you, your friends, your family and others safe while you are on the water. No matter how much experience you have, it’s always a good idea for everyone to review boating safety rules before departures. Contact Rhynards Pontoon with any questions. Source Discover Boating
Keep an eye on the weather. Check the local weather conditions before you departure. If you notice darkening clouds, changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.
Follow and set your own Pre-Departure Checklist
Use Common Sense
- operating at a safe speed at all times (especially in crowded areas)
- staying alert at all times
- steering clear of large vessels and watercraft that can be restricted in their ability to stop or turn.
- be respectful of buoys and other navigational aids, all of which have been placed there to ensure your own safety.
Designate an Assistant Skipper
- Make sure more than one person on board is familiar with all aspects of your boat’s handling, operations, and general boating safety.
Develop a Float Plan
- Inform a family member or staff at your local marina on your plans for the day. It is always a good idea to let someone else know your float plan.
A float plan can include the following information:
- name, address, and phone number of trip leader
- name and phone number of all passengers
- boat type and registration information
- trip itinerary
- types of communication and signal equipment onboard, such as an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
Make Proper Use of Lifejackets
- Did you know that the majority of drowning victims are the result of boaters not wearing their lifejackets? Make sure that your family and friends aren’t part of this statistic by assigning and fitting each member of your onboard team with a life jacket prior to departure. Wear it!
- Practice boating safety at all times by saving the alcohol for later. Being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved.
Learn to Swim
- If you’re going to be in and around the water, proper boating safety includes knowing how to swim. Local organizations, such as the American Red Cross and others, offer training for all ages and abilities.
Take a Boating Course
- Beginning boaters and experienced experts alike need to be familiar with the boating safety rules of operation. Boater education requirements vary by state; however, some require validated completion of at least one boating safety course.