Water Safety


The most recreational boating fatalities occur in recreational activities (78 percent). If you are planning to boating, make sure that the master or person in charge of the boat is an experienced and competent person. Here are some additional safety tips to remember.

Do not mix alcohol and water. Alcohol impairs judgment, wherever you are. And it’s even worse on the water, because there are no road signs on the water or lines separating the tracks, and that time may be unpredictable. The fatigue, the sun, the wind and the movements of the boat numb your senses. It is important to be able to think quickly and react well under pressure, and alcohol decreases your abilities and alters your judgment. Drinking and driving (on land or on water) is illegal.

Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Any person navigating should wear a Coast Guard approved lifejacket (or personal flotation device) at all times, whether the boat is a large motorboat or a canoe and the person is able to swim well or not. It only takes a few minutes to get used to a PFD, but it can most definitely save your life. Do not leave the mainland without him.

Keep in touch. Before leaving on the water, inform someone who is ashore from where you are going and how long you will be out. So, if you have problems, someone will have an idea of where to look for you. If you plan on staying on the water for a long period of time, it is advisable to have a radio with which you can listen to weather forecasts. Water is a conductor of electricity; Therefore, if you hear that a storm is brewing, hurry back to shelter.

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