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9 Boat Safety Tips That Can Save Your Life!

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Fisherman or not, boating safety is a must! For best fishing rods to purchase, check out our specific article. Otherwise, keep reading our safety tips:

#1. Take a Boat Safety Course

A safety course is the ideal way to learn all about boating safety and requirements.

It can be completed online in most states.

#2. Pack a Ditch Bag

A ditch bag is a compact, buoyant bag that is stocked with critical boat safety gear that you might need in an emergency. The items in your ditch bag would enable you to summon help and survive in a life raft.

It should be stored in a secure, accessible place on your vessel so that it can be grabbed quickly in an emergency.

#3. Bring Proper Life Jackets

Many life jackets are designed to turn an unconscious person face up and even help prevent hypothermia. By law, all boats must have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board.

Some states also require children to wear life jackets at all times. Choose a life jacket that is right for your height and weight.

#4. Check the Weather

Warm, sunny days are ideal for boating, but you can’t always predict when a storm will roll in. Varying gusts of wind and choppy water are signs of an approaching storm.

#5. Don’t Overload the Boat

Always follow your boat’s capacity restriction, whether it’s luggage or people. Overloading with passengers or equipment can unbalance your craft.

#6. Check for harmful fumes

After refueling your boat, open all the hatches and smell for fumes. If detected, don’t start the engine. Carbon monoxide can accumulate in and around your boat and unexpectedly knock you or your guests unconscious.

#7. Avoid Alcohol

Save the alcohol for later! The probability of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved and studies have shown that the effects of alcohol are exacerbated by sun and wind.

#8. Learn to Swim

Local organizations, such as the American Red Cross and others, offer training for all ages and abilities. Check to see what classes are offered in your area.

#9.Take a Boating Course

Boater education requirements vary by state; however, some require validated completion of at least one boating safety course.  Beginning boaters and experienced experts alike need to be familiar with the boating safety rules of operation.