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Tips For Having A Fun And Safe Summer On Your Boat

You should always plan ahead before you go out on the water.
Before venturing out on your boating expedition, always check the local weather conditions.
Continue to check the weather and keep an eye on out for; the clouds or sky to change and darken, the water to get choppy, or flashes of lightning.
These are all signs of approaching inclement weather.
Don't get stranded in a storm.
Where will you be going?Know the area you will be boating in, and do not go into "uncharted territories".
It is a good idea to tell someone else where you are going, how long you will be gone, and who is with you.
Create a check list of things that you will need for your trip.
Make sure that you have the necessary safety equipment such as; life jackets for all people onboard, a first aid kit, batteries, flares and a fire extinguisher, as well as a boat hook and life preserving ring.
You should also have a working radio, and know how to use it to call for help.
Check the fuel level and quality of the supplies before leaving the shore.
We know that alcohol impairs our judgment and coordination, and makes in unsafe to operate a car.
It is the same for a boat, and conditions are intensified because of effects of the heat and sun.
According to the American Red Cross; over 50% of drownings result from alcohol related boating accidents.
To ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers; don't operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol.
Children: Of course you want your children to enjoy their summer on the boat with you, but remember that extra precautions need to be taken.
They are extremely vulnerable to injuries.
Set rules for children to follow while they are onboard, and they should always be accompanied by an adult.
Children should learn how to swim if they are around water.
There are swimming lessons available at many locations.
Lead by example; everyone should be wearing a life jacket.

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