Boating Safety Tips

Boating can be a fun, safe activity for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages as long as safety is not neglected. It is important not to become complacent about safety, no matter how often you venture out. The following tips from the National Safety Council will help you prepare for a safe voyage (Reference: Brown & Crouppen Law Firm)

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Take a safety course.
Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol.
Be prepared for emergencies.
Inspect your boat before you leave.
You can get a free vessel safety check from your local USCG Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadron.
Bring extra clothes and sunscreen.
Be vigilant about watching the weather.
Know your vessel’s cargo limit and stay below the boat’s maximum weight capacity.
Drive at a safe speed, especially in areas with high boating traffic.
Designate passengers to serve as lookouts.
Maintain a safe distance from shore, other boats and swimmers.
Supervise children closely.
Behave prudently and use common sense.