Stay safe this National Safe Boating Week
During National Safe Boating Week, America’s Boating Club reminds boaters to always practice safe boating behaviors while on the water. Whether you are navigating or just along for the ride, everyone plays a crucial role in boating safety. Be sure you and your passengers practice these safe boating behaviors on every excursion.
- Do not exceed the recommended number of passengers for your vessel. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations and use common sense.
- Make sure all passengers remain in their proper, seated positions while the boat is in motion.
- Children should always wear personal flotation devices. Many states have life jacket laws and regulations for children, so be sure to check the laws, rules and regulations that apply where you boat. Adults should wear life jackets as well; at a very minimum, they should be readily available.
- Shut off the engine while fueling, close all cabin hatches, and monitor the fueling process carefully.
- Check bilges and engine compartments for leakage and fumes prior to re-starting. Run the engine room blowers.
- Monitor gauges at the helm (voltage, temperature, fuel) to identify any issues as soon as possible.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Conditions can change suddenly and rapidly due to tides and weather.
- Have a backup plan. The captain should have someone else onboard that can operate the vessel safely in the event he or she is incapacitated.
- Take a basic boating course, like America’s Boating Course online or at a club near you.
Having a good time while out on the water means getting everyone back to the dock safely. –John Schwab
Learn more about National Safe Boating Week, May 21–27.
Feel at home on the water
Learn to boat with confidence by taking the Boat Handling course online from America’s Boating Club.