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No one ever plans on getting into trouble while boating, but it’s always important to be prepared for the worst. That means having all the necessary safety equipment on board in case of an emergency. Make sure you check your boat and make any appropriate repairs before hitting the open water. And most importantly, remember to never boat alone. If something does happen, you’ll be glad you were accompanied by a friend.
1. Make sure you have all the necessary safety equipment before embarking on your boat trip, especially a life jacket
It is important to have the appropriate safety equipment before embarking on your boat trip. Make sure you’re wearing a life preserver, and if at any time anything goes wrong, consider turning back.
2. Learn how to properly operate your boat and navigate different conditions on the water.
The best way to learn how operate a boat is by taking someone who has experience with it. This will give you the knowledge and confidence that comes only from knowing what’s expected of one in various situations.
A successful trip starts before you even board – know all about different navigation techniques, seamen’s laws (and when they apply), and safety rules such as wearing life jackets while underway or tuning into marine VHF channels for weather updates.
3. Always be aware of your surroundings.
Make sure you keep a lookout for other boats, swimmers, and obstacles in the water. You never know when someone might venture into dangerous territory.
4. Drink responsibly and avoid alcohol if you’re operating a boat.
Boating is a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous. Operating a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol comes with major penalties, including fines and even jail time
5. Follow the speed limit and give other boats enough room to pass.
Following the speed limit will make you feel more confident when passing other boats on your own waterway, or near coastal areas where there may be waves that could cause problems for those trying slow down quickly. This is always best practice for you, as well as everyone else on board – including any passengers.
6. Use common sense while boating and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Nothing will ruin a day out fishing or enjoying a day at sea faster than an accident that occurs because someone didn’t pay attention. Remember to trust your instincts and check-in on your passengers.
Even the most experienced boaters can find themselves in trouble if they’re not prepared for the worst. That’s why it’s important to have a plan and to know what to do in case of an emergency. If you have any questions, need more information, or are looking to insure your boat, please contact an IMA Select representative in your area.
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