Summer Boating: Here Are Some Safety Essentials

Wow, it’s officially summer—and with the warm weather comes lots of opportunities for great boating adventures in Lake County: cruising, waterskiing, sailing, fishing, jet skiing… there’s no end to the fun. When you go out on the water, make sure to keep these safety essentials on board with you:


  • One Coast Guard-approved, properly fitting life jacket for each passenger. If your boat is 16 feet or longer, carry an additional throwable flotation device. Tip: Don’t forget to attach whistles to each life jacket!
  • A horn that can create a four-second blast, and can be heard for at least 1/2 mile.
  • Flares and day signals.
  • A radio to receive weather updates.
  • An orange ‘skier-down’ flag to be displayed whenever the boat is towing someone.
  • A basic toolbox with tools appropriate for your boat.
  • A standard first-aid kit.
  • A flashlight and spare batteries for all accessories.
  • An approved fire extinguisher.
  • Boat’s documentation, fishing permit, etc.

You can find more on boating safety, education, licensing and regulations right here.

And after a long, event-filled day on the water, there’s no need to rush home, if everyone’s tired. Kick back and relax. With over 60 hotels and resorts in Lake County, there’s a clean, comfy overnight room for every budget.

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