7 Boating Safety Tips for Staying Safe on the Water

Date posted: 06/13/2012

by Josh Tyson on
in Safety & Driving

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Boat people are cut from a different cloth.

First of all, they own boats, which is sort of rare even in states with loads of water to play in.

Thing is, excluding those who get seasick, we all want to be boat people. Unless you are a merchant marine or a pirate, being on a boat means being relaxed and not having a huge concern over what time it is.

There are some things you should be concerned about on a boat, however, before you even register your boat or even get a boat license.

Boating Safety Tips

1. Check the Weather

You don’t want to be on a water vessel when dark clouds roll in overhead. Dark clouds often mean lightning and lightning likes to hit water. You don’t want to be in the water when lightning strikes.

On the flip-side, if there are no clouds and its sunny and hot, drink lots of water and put on some sunblock.

2. Make a Checklist

It might look something like this:

  • Life jackets
  • Air horn
  • Working lights
  • Tools
  • Flares
  • Extra fuel
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Ropes
  • Zagnut bar

NOTE: Be sure to check your state’s boating requirements as you make this list. For example, Kentucky requires any boaters who water ski to have at least three people on board; if there are only two, the boat or have a functional sideview mirror.

3. Don’t Be Reckless

Travel at safe speeds and avoid other boats and buoys.

4. Have a Float Plan

Have a rough idea of where you will be going on your boat and let someone who won’t be joining you aboard the Love Boat know about it.

5. Don’t Be a Boozer

Relaxation is so often associated with tasty liquid depressants, but studies indicate that the odds of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved. Furthermore, wind and sun can also make you feel the effects of alcohol with more intensity.

6. Know How to Swim


7. Take a Boating Safety Course

You don’t always need to take such a course to get yourself a boat license (it depends on factors like your state and age), but it taking an six-to-eight hour safety course will not kill you where getting drunk in the sun and falling off of a speeding boat while you don’t have a life jacket on just might.

What safety tips can you offer other boaters?

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About Josh Tyson

Josh Tyson is a Denver-based writer, editor, poet, and musician (New Age Dad). He currently is the managing editor of UX Magazine. When Josh isn't talking tech, he covers the high-drama world of driver licensing and vehicle registration. More articles by Josh Tyson

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