4th of July Boating Safety Tips

July 2, 2018

The 4th of July is one of the busiest boating holidays. It's the official start of Summer! Everyone can benefit from reviewing basic Boating Safety Tips,
even for the most experienced boaters.  Here are some good ones provided by the National Boat Safety Council. 


  1. Wear a life jacket. Make sure everyone is wearing an approved life jacket. 

  2. Check equipment. Schedule a free vessel safety check with your local authorities to make sure you have all the essential equipment.

  3. Make a float plan. Let family and friends know where you’re going and when you will return.

  4. Use an engine cut-off device. An engine cut-off device is a proven safety device to stop the boat’s engine should the operator all overboard.

  5. Watch the weather. Always check the forecast before departing on the water and frequently during your excursion.

  6. Know what’s going on around you at all times. Nearly a quarter of all reported boating accidents in 2016 were caused by operator inattention.

  7. Know where you’re going and travel at safe speeds. Familiarize yourself with local boating speed zones and always travel at a safe speed.

  8. Never boat under the influence. A BUI is involved in one-third of all recreational boating fatalities.

  9. Keep in touch. Cell Phones, VHF radios, satellite phones, EPIRB or personal locator beacons can all be important devices in an emergency.

    Boating Safety Tips provided by the National Safe Boating Council.




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