LIBFERTY April 17, 2018 ⎯ Have enough life vests for all passengers.
Also make sure life vests properly fit all passengers in case they need to be used. Test your life jackets at least once a year to ensure that they are still working.
•Take a water safety course.
Be prepared to properly operate your boat before you plan to set out on the water. 70% of boating accidents are caused by simple errors.
•Preplan your course and share it.
Plan the course ahead of time and share it with someone who is not going on your sea voyage with you. In case something happens, someone would know where to look for you.
•Check the weather before departure.
The biggest safety hazard on the water is storms. It’s imperative that you’re aware of the weather patterns before attempting a trip on the water.
•Follow the Maritime Laws.
Just as you are expected to follow all traffic laws on the road when driving a car, you are required to follow the rules on the water as well. If you are unfamiliar with these laws, make sure you educate yourself before moving out onto the water.
•Carry a first aid kit.
You never know what could happen when you’re out at sea, so make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit so you can be prepared for any possible situations.
•Do not drink and drive on the boat.
Drinking and driving also applies to boats. It can be just as dangerous to be driving a boat while intoxicated. You can also be arrested and be charged with a BUI.