Boating safety is one of the things that many boat owners seem to cast aside when the excitement of boating takes over their minds. While most boat owners feel they are skilled craftsmen on the open seas, they really underestimate how quickly things can go bad on the water.
After the boat sale, the following information will make certain your next trip out on the boat is the safest possible.
Taking a Boat Safety Class
The best thing you can do to protect you and your passengers is register to take a boat safety class. The reason being is things can go from bad to worse in the blink of an eye on the water. A rogue wave, severe storm, or boat accident, could send people overboard, and you better be able to perform CPR in extreme cases because miles out to see the nearest boat could take hours to reach or find you. These safety classes will help make you aware of all the potential problems that could happen while entertaining out on the boat.
Ensuring Safety Equipment is Current
In addition to life jackets for every passenger in the boat, there needs to be several safety items in the boat to make sure you can get back safely if something happens while boating. A reliable satellite phone or radio to reach the shore is essential. Flares to signal for help, and well as a inflatable life boat on board could make the difference in floating in dangerous water or floating back to safety. If in doubt, check with a local boating instruction school to make sure you have everything needed on the boat in the event of an emergency.
Respect the Open Seas
If you have a weather radio on board and the call goes out a storm is approaching, pack up and head inland immediately. There are many stories of people who thought they could outrun a storm and got caught by huge ways and overturned in an instant. Many storms appear off in the distance and seem like they will take forever to reach you, when in fact they are moving faster than your boat can travel and catch you quickly. Lightning can travel several miles ahead of a storm and cripple the boat or injure your passengers. At the first sign of any weather issues, head back to shore to be safe.
These safety tips will protect you and the passengers on your boat and ensure your time on the open seas is truly memorable.