Summer Boating Safety Tips

Summer Boat. Image Credit: Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel via Flickr.

We talk about safety a lot here on our blog, but that’s because it’s so very important!

Making sure your boat is equipped with the best, most current equipment, and meets minimum safety requirements in your area is just a starting point. It’s important to make sure that all safety precautions are taken when operating a bot.  There are a lot of things that need to be considered when boating safety is concerned, and here are a few of them.

First of all, summer adds some unique factors into the mix that need to be considered, from a safety perspective.  Summer heat can lead to headaches, sunstroke, and painful sunscreens.  Make sure your boat is equipped with numerous sunscreens with a SPF of 30, minimum.  Make sure your sunscreen combats both UVA and UVB rays, and apply ever 2-3 hours, more if you’ve been swimming.  Remember: it IS possible to get burned underneath clothing, so make sure sunscreen is liberally applied to the entire body.

Never, ever neglect your eyes. Wear sunglasses that provide UV protection.

Also, make sure your life jacket and any personal floatation devices are readily available and in functioning order.  There must be one life jacket available for every passenger onboard.

If you’ll be spending the afternoon in enjoying the sun, stay away from drinks that can be overly dehydrating, like alcohol and caffeine.  If you feel compelled to indulge, counteract the dehydrating effects of these beverages by drinking lots of water in between.

Annoying bugs and insects can be bothersome.  Consider keeping DEET onboard, as well as mosquito nets and/or citronella candles.

Weather can change quickly in some climates.  Keeping a radio onboard that enables boat passengers to stay on top of rapidly-changing weather conditions is a must.  It’s important that all boat owners complete some sort of safety training, and that they know how to react safely should a rapid weather change occur.

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