Boating Safety Tips
Get the grills and boats ready it’s almost Memorial Day weekend! As Memorial Day approaches it is the perfect weekend to go out on your boat or a friend’s boat. It’s appropriate that this week is named National Safe Boating week. To ensure that everyone has a fun and safe time, there are precautions you should always remember before heading out on your boat.
1. Wear a Life jacket. Last year, the number one cause of boating fatalities in Massachusetts was drowning. None of the victims involved were wearing a lifejacket. Make sure you boat has life jackets of the proper size handy.
2. Do not swim near a marina or in the middle of the lake where there is a high boating activity. Boaters might not be able to see you.
3. Always check the weather conditions before departing. If you notice dark clouds coming in, rough winds, or hear thunder get off the water as soon as possible.
4. Take a Safety Course. According to Mass.gov “The Massachusetts Environmental Police offer a state and nationally approved safe boating course. Young boaters between 12-15 years old are required to take the course for a boating safety certificate to operate a motorboat without supervision. Teens between 16-17 years old who wish to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) must also receive a boating safety certificate via the course.”
5. Avoid alcohol. The probability of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved.
6. Learn to swim. If you’re not comfortable with swimming or don’t know how to, take classes before heading out on a boat. Not only will you be safer, you will also have more fun this way.
7. Make sure that your boat is registered and that you have the proper insurance coverage (LINK) before leaving the dock. In the unfortunate case of an accident call us here at the office.
Last but not least, enjoy and have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend! To find out more about boating safety tips head to mass.gov.com