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Basic Boating Safety

Boats are a great vessel for summer fun! Coast around the bay in leisure soaking up the sunshine. Or get adrenaline rushes towing water sport enthusiasts behind you. However you enjoy boating, there is one constant: the importance of . With some prevention and proactivity, you can minimize safety risks. We gathered up basic boating safety tips below. For all your boating needs, visit Family Powersports Lubbock. We proudly serve those in Lubbock and Lake Tanglewood, Texas.

Preparation

Boat safety starts when you are still on land. Your first step is to check the weather. Many safety issues occur because drivers head out on the water when they should have stayed home. If you notice any potential hazards in the weather forecast, like strong winds or rains, stay on the shore.

Your next step is to develop a float plan. These map out the expected paths for boats and are left behind with someone on the shore. If something happens to you, they will give the information to rescuers to get you help fast.

The third crucial step is to ensure all passengers fully understand boat safety. Go over the process for if someone falls overboard. Review the importance of keeping arms and hands inside boats throughout the ride. Show everyone where the safety equipment is located (like the life rings). Kids may need the rules reviewed a few times before they stick.

Safety Gear

Boats need to be supplied with proper safety gear before you hit the waters. A life ring and a rope connected to the boat help if someone falls overboard. Take along a swimmer in the water flag to alert boats nearby. Signal flares help you flag down other boats if your engine fails and you need assistance. You’ll want backups in case technology fails, like a radio, waterproof map, and a compass. A first aid kit is good in case anyone has a minor medical issue on board.

Everyone who rides in boats needs to wear a life jacket. Yes, strong swimmers too. First, it sets a good example for any kids on the boat. Second, you could get injured or knocked unconscious in a crash. You’ll need the flotation assistance it provides.

It’s important to note that children’s life vests are different than adult ones. You’ll want certain features. Head flotation keeps their head above the water’s surface. A crotch strap keeps them from falling out of the jacket. Self-righting features keep them upright with ease.

Practices on the Water

The safer you drive, the safer you are. Follow defensive driving tactics like you would on the road. Leave plenty of space between you and other boats. Take care when you turn. Always drive sober. It’s important to bring along a backup captain to take control if the captain becomes unable to drive. He or she needs to stay sober as well.

It’s important to be compliant with all rules as well. There are local regulations regarding boat operation, such as speed limits and wake restrictions. Make sure you understand all the rules before you take your trip. Then make sure you head home before the sun sets and you lose visibility.

For all your boating needs, visit Family Powersports Lubbock. We offer a range of new and used boats for sale. It’s easy to find one that fits within your budget. We also provide vehicle service options to fix up boats to get them running like new. If you need insurance, look into our insurance division. We offer marine coverage from top-rated carriers. We proudly serve those in Lubbock, Lake Tanglewood, Seminole, Plainview, and Big Spring, Texas.

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