If you plan on taking family or friends out on the boat today, it is always good to prepare in advance. While many think that throwing some life jackets on board constitutes boating safety, you would be surprised to see you should be focusing your efforts on quite a few things before the boat leaves the docks.
1. Always make sure that you and every passenger has and is wearing a life jacket. One rogue wave and these folks could be overboard and drowning without any chance to be saved without that one safety device. Be sure children are wearing them securely at all times when thet travel in the boat too.
2. Take the time to chart your course for the day and note where all the gas stations are located. In case one is out of fuel and you are running low, it is important you know exactly where you are headed before you run dry and are stranded powerless out at sea.
3. Take the time to let at least one person on shore know where you are headed for the time and a general time to expect you back. If you are not back, they can help rescue pin-point exactly where you headed and my be in need of help.
4. If you haven’t taken a boating safely class yet, now is the time. There is so much that can happen out on the water, and with help miles away, you need to be able to act quickly in order to keep all your guests safe in your boat.
5. Invest in a satellite phone and keep it charged on the boat. If an emergency strikes, this could be your only connection to land when every second counts. These are ideal in the event you lose cell service with your regular phone.
6. Make sure your boat radio is working and that you know who to call if trouble strikes. You should know the local law enforcement channels by heart and have something on the boat that will allow you to reach them easily if the boat experiences trouble and you and your guests are stranded.
These safety tips should be committed to memory and practiced each time you want to set sail with any amount of guests. These tips could save a life in the event something were to go wrong on the water.