The weather is starting to warm up. For many Americans, that means boat season is finally here. With spring and summer each year, it is important to refresh your knowledge of boating safety. Or maybe you are new to boating. Either way, safety is the single most important aspect of boating.
A serious safety consideration should be the safety features of each boat. Rogue Jet Boats offers a wide selection of jet boats that all offer unique safety features. Once you have purchased your boat, it is important to learn all the features the boat offers. Make sure the operator has sufficient knowledge of how to operate the boat.
Do Your Research
Consult the laws and regulations in place in the jurisdiction where you will be boating. Ensure that the appropriate safety equipment is on the boat. Many jurisdictions require each person to have a life preserver available, each child to be wearing a life preserver, the boat to have a noisemaker (i.e., whistle, horn, etc.), and for the boat to have a fire extinguisher handy. Regardless of the jurisdictional requirements, the aforementioned safety regulations that are typically required are a great starting place.
Consider taking a boating safety education course. These are typically available near any body of water. Again, check each jurisdiction because some require a boater’s education before you are permitted to operate a vessel.
Start With a Checklist
Make a checklist of items to complete before each boating trip. That list may include:
- Inventory of the safety devices needed on the boat
- Proper sun gear (i.e., sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.)
- Safety inspection of the boat to make sure there is no visible damage and that the boat is operating correctly
- Anticipate safety needs (i.e., first aid kit, sunburn cream, etc.)
It’s important to let someone know your boating plan if you are going to be boating alone. Also, with advancements in technology, it’s easier than ever to allow others to be able to track your location.
Finally, provide a safety class to all boat riders to ensure they know what to do in an emergency situation before they even step foot on the boat.