Remember to Boat Safely this Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, and boaters will soon be hitting the waters of Lake County for a fun, long weekend of boating. We wrote about the “Wear It!” campaign for this year’s National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23. Watch the “Wear It!” video below:
Below are some simple tips that will ensure you, your friends and family members have a safe and fun weekend of boating:
Have a float plan.
Tell a non-boating family member or friend where and when you’re boating. Official “float plan” forms are available online here. The form includes vital information like where you plan to boat and how many people are accompanying you. They also provide a boat description, details on your destination and what time you expect to arrive there.
Communication is key.
Keep nautical charts of the areas in which you are boating, a GPS device and a reliable means of communication such as a VHF-radio while on the water. Cell phones are a good backup, but they can be unreliable due to gaps in coverage area and limited battery life.
Watch the weather.
Even with a great weather forecast, keeping an eye to the sky is always important, especially the farther from shore you plan to boat.
Check the most up-to-date forecast for Lake County here before heading out on the water.
Wear a life jacket.
Wear your life jacket for the entire duration of your boating outing. In an emergency, you may not have enough time to put your life jacket on – wearing one at all times may save your life.
Our blog from earlier this week discussed the importance of life jackets when boating.
Check your boat.
Get a vessel safety check from the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Finding a problem when you’re docked is much more ideal than finding it on open waters.
It’s no surprise that alcohol and boating do not mix. Designating a “sober skipper” can ensure that your boating outing remains safe and fun.
These are just a few ways to make sure your boating excursions are safe and enjoyable for all.
You can find even more boating safety resources at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division website.
Have a great and safe time on the beautiful waters of Lake County this weekend!
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