Cottage season is just kicking off for Canadians from coast-to-coast. The temperatures are increasing on the thermostat, the water levels are perfect and it’s time to get out on the boat for some fun on the water.
Operating a watercraft is a completely different mode of transportation than driving a car. Many people believe just because they know how to operate a car means that will transition into functioning effectively out on the open water. No matter how much experience you have, it’s always a good idea to review boating safety rules before setting out.
Familiarize yourself with these 5 basic boating safety tips:
- Watch the Weather: Always check local weather conditions before departure. If you notice darkening clouds and rough changing winds, or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.
- Use common sense: One of the most important parts of boating safety is to know the rules and to use your common sense. This means operating at a safe speed at all times, especially in crowded areas. People have a tendency to want to show off a bit when crowds are around.
- Have your safety equipment ready: Make sure that your family and friends aren’t part of this statistic by assigning and fitting each member of your onboard team with a lifejacket-prior to departure. It always means having a bailer, paddle, whistle, cell phone and external lights in case of an emergency.
- Don’t mix alcohol and boating: Practice boating safety at all times by saving the alcohol for on land. The probability of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved.
Learn to Swim: If you’re going to be in and around the water, proper boating safety means knowing how to swim. Consider taking a course on the emergency procedures in case of an accident.
Boating accidents are governed by marine law, which means you need a lawyer that understands the complexities of this law. If you have been injured in an accident that involves recreation watercrafts, contact us for a free consultation.