The summer months are the perfect time to get out on the water. Whether you have a jet ski, kayak, fishing boat or speed boat, there are plenty of things that can go wrong if you are not conscious of your surroundings. The Hunter's Heroes Foundation has put together six watercraft safety tips that everyone should follow when they are on the water this summer to avoid a tragedy.
Monitor the Forecast
Before you head out on the water you need to monitor the forecast. You should never go for a boat ride or for a row in your kayak when the weather is iffy. Even if storms aren't rolling in for a couple of hours it's best to just avoid the water altogether. If the forecast is calling for storms the tides and current can be affected well before they arrive.
Always Have Lifejackets on Hand
Lifejackets should always be at the ready when on a boat. The Coast Guard requires that each person on the boat have a lifejacket that fits them. If you are headed out for an adventure on your kayak or canoe make sure you are wearing the lifejacket at all times. These watercraft can tip easily and it will be difficult to put the lifejacket on when you are in the water.
Never Boat Alone
You should never go boating alone. Anything go wrong at a moment's notice and it's always better to have someone with you who can help rectify the situation. The person with you could also contact emergency personnel should you suffer a medical episode during the voyage.
Don't Bring Alcohol
Many boaters love to bring alcohol with them for their excursion. This is a very bad idea. Alcohol mixed with the hot summer sun can cause you to get sick. It can also impair your judgment. Drinking and operating your watercraft is against the law. Make sure no alcohol is present on your boat when you head out on a voyage.
Inspect the Watercraft Prior to the Voyage
You should inspect the watercraft prior to all of your voyages this summer. Look for broken equipment, leaks into the boat, problems with the motor, issues with the navigational system and much more. If you find anything wrong you should refrain from going out on the water until it is repaired.
Learn How to Swim
Since you are going to be on the water often you need to learn how to swim. If you haven't been properly taught now is the time. Knowing how to swim can help save your life if you are involved in a boating accident.
Make sure you follow these six watercraft safety tips from the Hunter's Heroes Foundation so you are not injured in a boating accident this summer.