Must-Know Boat Safety & Driving Tips

It is hard to have a better day than one spent out on the boat with friends and family! While having fun on the boat is a must, being safe while doing so is a necessity as well. So let’s take a look at some must-know boat safety and driving tips to bring along with you on your next boating adventure!

 

Prepare Your Boat Safety Kit

 

Being prepared for an emergency is vital. Keeping your boat safety kit prepared and onboard is something to do before every boating trip. Here are some essential items to keep in your boating safety kit: flashlight, duct tape, bucket, first aid kit, whistle, ropes, mirror, garbage bags, fire extinguisher, and life jackets. 

 

Always Have Life Jackets

 

Having life jackets equipped and onboard is something that needs to be done by all boaters. They don’t only keep you afloat, but some can turn you face up in case of an emergency. Make sure they fit properly and have children wear them at all times!

 

Check the Weather

 

No one wants to go out on the water and unexpectedly get hit with a rainstorm, so check the weather report beforehand! Wind and choppy waters can be dangerous for some boats, so if that applies to your boat, plan for another day. 

 

Use Common Sense on the Water

 

Just like driving a car, there are rules on the water. Use common sense such as staying alert behind the wheel, driving at a safe speed, and having all passengers in a safe position while driving. Be courteous to others on the water, whether that be other boaters, swimmers, or those onshore. 

 

Develop a Float Plan

 

Whether you choose a family member or staff at the local marina, let someone know where you’re going and for how long. For the float plan, you should include your name, address, phone numbers of all onboard, boat type, registration information, trip itinerary, and types of communication and signal equipment onboard. This will help ensure that someone knows where you might be in case of an emergency! 

 

Avoid Alcohol

 

Operating a boat while under the influence is illegal and foolish. Many boating accidents occur when alcohol is involved, so leave the alcohol at home. If you do plan on drinking, make sure you designate a sober skipper before leaving to ensure you have someone safely driving the boat!

 

If you were interested in purchasing a boat to have some fun this summer, check out Gull Boats and RV! We have a large inventory of both new and pre-owned boats that can become a summer staple! For more information, check out our website, give us a call at 406-549-6169, or come visit the store! 

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