Let’s be honest. Boats are awesome. They are a great way to hang out with friends and family and forget about the work world. You get to go out on the fresh water and experience activities such as fishing, water skiing, swimming and more. Unfortunately, boats also pose a risk, and it’s important to take all of the necessary precautions in order to avoid any boating accidents.
This article is for people who are riding on another person’s boat and for the owners of the boats. If you are riding on another person’s boat you want to ensure that you keep a look out for problems and keep yourself and everyone around you safe. When you own a boat it is your responsibility to make sure everyone stays safe. If something bad happens then you are the one that is probably going to be sued.
Let’s take a look at the different things you can do in order to avoid a boating accident. Not every incident is preventable, but at least you can try as hard as you can to keep yourself and other people from getting hurt.
Make Sure Everyone Wears Life Vests
This should be a no brainer. Force everyone to do this if they want to ride the boat.
Stay Away From People and Objects in The Water
One of the primary reasons for boating accidents is when a person or other boat is hit in the water. It’s the captain and everyone else’s job on the boat to keep a look out for people in the water. If you hit someone who is swimming in the water you might injure or kill them. Stay away from swimmers and don’t try to create wakes so that it messes with boats or swimmers. When you are near other people or boats you must slow down. Don’t show off or think you can do whatever you want. The water is meant for people to have fun, not screw around.
Go Through Safety Procedures Before Setting Sail
A quality trip is always in question if you don’t go through all off the necessary safety procedures. Check your boat to ensure you have enough life jackets for everyone. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in case a fire breaks loose on the boat. Bring rope with you and a buoy in case you have to save someone who is drowning. It’s also a good idea to bring rain jackets, to check the weather and to make sure you have enough fuel. If you get stuck in the water you might end up drifting into something or someone and causing an accident.
Take a look in the comments and let us know if you would like to add to this article. Are there any other ways to prevent boating accidents? Do you own a boat? Would you agree that some of these tactics might actually help save someone in the future? Have you ever experienced a boating accident? How did you respond when the accident occurred.