Fatalities during boating are at their highest level since 1998 according
studies by the US Coast Guard (USCG). Taking the precautionary steps below,
when out over the water, can keep you prepared for the unpredictable.
Have a Float Plan: Whether it’s going out for a few hours or days,
leave a copy of a written float plan with your friend, boating club, or
anyone who could notify the Coast Guard if you do not arrive back around
your scheduled return time. A float plan includes a description of your
vessel (anything from a kayak to a sailboat), what safety equipment you
have, who is with you, where you are going and when you plan on being
there. You can also find pre-made plans available in your boating supply store.
Avoid Alcohol Aboard: Intoxicated passengers are at a greater risk for
hurting themselves or falling overboard. In fact, the USCG found that
alcohol is involved in about one of every three boating fatalities. Boating
under the influence (BUI) penalties are steep, and range from jail time
to losing operator privileges.
Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Toxic carbon monoxide (CO) can accumulate
not only inside your boat, but around it as well. Be aware of the symptoms
of CO poisoning, and install CO alarms within the boat.
Have a Vessel Safety Check Performed: The USCG recommends all vessels,
including those for paddle sports, engage in the free Vessel Safety Check
program. Performed by a certified vessel examiner, the safety check provides
a decal that shows you comply with all federal and state boating regulations.
It not only provides peace of mind, but can prevent future fines by law
enforcement, lower insurance premiums, and reduce chance of liability
in the event of an accident.
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