• Marine Safety
    SAFE BOATING PRACTICES
    are vital for all marine vessel owners
Boating Safety What should you do?
Be a Better Boater

Boating on the water is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have. To keep your boating time safe and fun for everyone, prepare ahead of time. Before you head out, let someone know where you're going and when they should expect you to be back. Be sure you have appropriate safety gear onboard for yourself and any passengers, including a first aid kit.

Always Create a Pre-Trip Checklist

Every injury attorney who deals with boating accidents will tell you there has been an increase in boater negligence cases. To make sure you don't fall into that category, get in the habit of completing your pre-trip checklist every time you go out. The items on your list will vary depending on the type of boat you operate but it should include checking things such as engine fluids, running lights, and radios.

Passenger Safety

Always be sure you have enough personal floatation devices (PFDs) for your passengers. You should have one available for each person, regardless of age or swimming ability. If you have children aboard, insist that they wear their PFDs at all times while on deck. You will also want to stay focused on your propellers when you have passengers climbing on or off the boat to swim or water ski.

Waterway Awareness

If the waterway you'll be boating on is also used by commercial watercraft, take the time to learn the right-of-way rules. Remember that the yield rules vary depending on whether a vessel is under motor or sail power and whether it is commercial or recreational. Always have a working signaling device or horn onboard if there is a chance you will be sharing the water with a commercial vessel.

Safe Boating Conditions

Remember to check the weather and sea conditions before boating. Always have a safety plan in place and carry charts of the area, even if it's familiar to you. Having emergency practice drills with your passengers is always a good idea so that everyone will know the plan if something goes wrong. When you practice safe boating, you'll be able to enjoy your time on the water and go home with happy memories.