8 Safety tips for you and your loved ones.
The following article is an excerpt from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who has partnered with the National Safe Boating Council and a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, to make it easy to remember what to do when you’re out in a sail or motorboat, canoe, kayak or other sea-worthy vessel this summer.
Here’s 8 safety tips for anyone going out to sea, lake or river:
- Will a storm move in while you’re on the water? Check NOAA’s marine forecast and be in the know before you go. Use your NOAA Weather Radio to stay alert to weather hazards in the area.
- Wear your life jacket. Always. Every passenger.
- Recreational boaters: Know what you’re getting into, literally. Check these nautical resources, such as the latest tide and current predictions.
- Understand the danger of cold water and how to prepare for and survive in it should you accidently go overboard.
- Know wildlife-viewing or fishing regulations, guidelines and tips for the location you’ll be enjoying. And boat responsibly while enjoying our nation’s pristine and protected underwater parks.
- Using a mooring buoy? Make sure you are using it correctly.
- Boat clean and green. Secure all trash onboard, and don’t dump it overboard. Help prevent small oil spills if you have a vessel with an engine.
- “See A Spout, Watch Out.” It’s so exciting to encounter a whale when you’re out on the water. Know how far away you must stay from these beloved marine mammals for their and your safety. Boat strikes can kill whales and seriously injure passengers.
You can still do better. Of course, here are 8 safety tips for you and use them. Please educate yourself! There is so much information out there. You can visit our Public Course Schedule to take a virtual online class from the convenience of your own home!