Boating Safety Tips
Before starting the boat, the owner should make sure all passengers are sitting in a safe position.
Make sure all navigation lights and side lights are in working order.
Assign a passenger to keep watch around the propeller area of your boat when people are in the water.
Prevent accidents by designation someone to act as a “look out” for other vessels.
Don’t overload the boat. Never allow passengers to board or exit your boat while the engine is on or idle – avoid propeller injuries.
Have the proper safety equipment on board. Such as: life vests, lights, radio, cell phones, flares, etc. Add safety devices to your boat, such as a propeller cut off switch.
Be alert when operating in congested areas.
Never permit a passenger to ride on the bow, gunwale, transom, seatbacks or other locations where they might fall overboard.
Avoid collisions or senseless injuries or death by maintaining safe speed at all time. Know your position at all times. Keep the GPS on.
If someone falls overboard, STOP!! Turn off the engine immediately. Do not keep going, Keep the person in your sight as you approach them. Have someone call the Coast Guard immediately.
Boating under the Influence is illegal. Avoid drinking while riding a boat. The sun, wind and heat doubles the effect of your alcohol level. One third of boating fatality accidents have involved BUI.
Boating Safety is key!
Learn from others mistakes;
Don’t have others learn from yours
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary- Boating Safety Tips
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