Yachts, jet skis, sailboats, oh my! Safety tips to avoid boating accidents this summer

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There’s no better way to enjoy the summer than getting up on the deck of your boat and cruising out into open water.

It’s just you and your loved ones feeling the sun on your face and the ocean breeze in your hair. It’s paradise. There’s nothing that can ruin your summer faster, however, than a sudden accident out on the water.

A boating accident is going to mean expensive damage to your vessel, but it could also involve severe risks to the health of you and your friends and family. You don’t want that.

Plan for a fun, relaxing summer on the water without any accidents or unhappy surprises by using these helpful safety tips.

Pack Well

Every time you cast off from the dock, you should make sure you’re well-prepared for any emergency. On an especially small vessel or jet ski staying around the dock, you’re not going to need or be able to take much more than your life jacket, some water and maybe a whistle.

If you’re on a larger boat or you’re going out farther, you’ll need to take some time to gather the necessary supplies. At the very least you should have a flashlight, a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, and some rope.

Get the Boat Checked

If it’s been a while since you’ve used the boat or you’re about to head out for a more extended trip away from shore, schedule some maintenance and get a free safety examination from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Your mechanic should look at it to make sure you won’t have any unexpected problems, and the safety examination will make sure you have the right emergency supplies on hand as well.

Don’t Drink and Sail

While packing a cooler and taking the boat out for a day of sailing and beer may sound like a good time, you may be putting yourself and others at risk.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol is the most significant factor that contributes to boat accident fatalities…
 
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