Boating can be fun and exciting, but it has risks. Here are 10 suggestions that will help keep you safe while on the water.
Water Safety Tip 1: Make a float plan and tell someone responsible where you are going and when you plan to be back.
Water Safety Tip 2: During cooler weather, wear water resistant clothing! A wet suit or some type of neoprene undergarment helps hold in body heat. Gloves and a hat are also a good idea. Even when wet, they deflect cold air and retain heat.
Water Safety Tip 3: Wear bright colors so you can easily be spotted if you do fall in the water.
Water Safety Tip 4: Pack an extra set of clothes in a sealed plastic bag so you can change in the event your clothes get wet. Even summer evenings can get chilly.
Water Safety Tip 5: Evaluate how well your boat or personal watercraft will stay afloat and bring something to use in the event you need to bail water.
Water Safety Tip 6: Wear a life jacket! In the event you go overboard, this will prevent you from exerting energy to stay afloat. It also holds in body heat and keeps your head up to reduce the chances of inhaling water due to the immersion gasping reflex.
Water Safety Tip 7: Attach a whistle or something that makes noise to your personal floatation device so you can get attention if you fall in the water.
Water Safety Tip 8: Watch for other boaters or people on shore. In the event of an emergency, you’ll want to get attention as quickly as possible.
Water Safety Tip 9: Every time you boat, carry basic safety equipment including a life jacket for each person on board, a throwable floatation device, a tow line, jumper cables, extra paddles and a fire extinguisher.
Water Safety Tip 10: Listen to weather reports before leaving shore and stay alert for signs of bad weather while boating. A shift in the wind, lightening and choppy water can all mean a storm is nearby.