5 Boating Safety Tips for Summer 2017
With summer still in its prime, it never hurts to brush up on boating safety! Keep these boating safety tips in mind as you’re enjoying your fun in the sun in summer 2017.
1. Be watchful of the weather.
Before you head out on the boat, always make sure to check the weather forecast. From the TV and radio forecasts to nifty phone apps, like Weather Underground and DarkSky, there is a plethora of ways to obtain an accurate forecast to ensure boating safety. Of course, if you find yourself seeing dark clouds or in roughening winds, it’s best to head home.
2. Make sure you have proper safety equipment prior to departure.
Your boat should be equipped with one Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each passenger. In addition, you’ll want to have additional throwable flotation devices such as rings and cushions. Lastly, make sure to demonstrate where the devices and life jackets are located as well as the proper way to use each. This is especially important for new passengers aboard your boat.
3. Identify your assistant captain.
In the event that your primary captain becomes incapacitated, designate an assistant skipper that will be able to guard you and your passengers safely home. This person should be familiar with how your boat operates and knowledgable in boating safety.
4. Formulate a float plan.
In the event that your boating trip goes unplanned, it’s important to formulate a float plan before departure. Your float plan entails the details of your trip, which you should leave with a family member or with a staff member here at Riviera Dunes Marina. Float plans typically include these details:
- Captain’s name, address and contact information of the captain
- All passengers’ names, numbers and boating experience
- Detailed description of your boat (name, type, make, equipment aboard, etc.)
- Trip details (departure date and time, destination, stopover ports, etc.)
5. Get a free vessel safety check.
Did you know that the US Coast Guard offers complimentary vessel safety checks? That’s right! They will carefully examine your boat to ensure that it is upheld by the state and federal safety regulations.