Safety Tips For Boating Beginners
If you are new to boating, you want to make sure you learn about boating safety. While this article will provide you with boating safety tips in general, it will also cover issues you need to know about if you plan on boating in an outboard boat. Read the information below before you go out on the boat:
Have enough life jackets
Even if everyone in the boat won’t be wearing a life jacket (which they should), you still need to have one life jacket on board for every passenger in the boat. Make sure the jackets are the right size for your passengers. Children and anyone who’s not an excellent swimmer should wear their life jackets at all times while in the boat.
Watch the weather
Always check the weather forecast before you head out. Also, pay attention to changes in the weather while you are on the boat. Storms can move in fast, so you want to head for shore any time you notice dark clouds rolling in or the wind suddenly picks up.
Have another driver on board
Make sure there is another person on the boat who knows how to drive it well enough to get it to shore in case there is an emergency with the driver.
Make your whereabouts known
You want to make a list of everyone that’s going on the boat with you and include their name, address and phone number. Write down the boat information and your travel plans, as well as the types of communication you will have on the boat. Leave this information with someone who will not be going on the boat with you and let them know the latest you would expect to be back to shore. When you get to shore, call them and let them know.
Don’t run the boat into shallow water
You want to cut the motor when you are approaching shallow water. This is especially true when you are in an outboard boat. This is a boat where the motor and propeller are situated outside the boat. When you come to shallow water in an outboard, turn the motor off and lift the motor up to avoid having the prop damaged.
Don’t let swimmers in the water with the motor running
In an outboard boat, the propeller is submerged and spinning at a fast rate of speed. This makes for a dangerous situation for swimmers. You always want to cut the motor and make sure the prop has come to a stop before swimmers enter the water.
By following these tips, you can feel better prepared for your boat outing. Always make sure everyone on board has been well-versed in where the life jackets are stored and make sure everyone is wearing sun screen.
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