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Boating is one of the best ways to enjoy time on the water with friends and family. Whether you’re on a lake, river, or ocean, it’s always a good time. That is until someone neglects boater safety. 

According to the US Coast Guard statistics from 2022, the largest contributor to boating accidents is the driver’s inattention and inexperience. These are avoidable situations that shouldn’t happen.  

Based on that statistic, it’s important to make yourself as prepared for every boating adventure as possible. Putting safety first every time you head out on the water will help to keep everyone on board and on other boats safe while enjoying a day on the water. 

We’re here to help you be as prepared as possible for your boating adventures. Learn about the basics of boater safety with this helpful guide. 

What Gear is Required? 

The first part of ensuring safety on the water is being equipped with the correct safety gear. There are several pieces of equipment you’ll need to have on your boat every time you set sail. Not only will these items help prioritize safety, but it is also illegal to head out on the water without them.  

The required gear includes life jackets, a throwable, fire extinguisher, functional navigation lights, and a signaling device. Depending on where you boat will determine exactly which items are required and recommended.  

Before heading out on the water, double-check that your safety gear is up to code. It’s also a good idea to bring items such as a first-aid kit, knife, snorkel, anchor, and flashlight out on the water as well.  

It’s the Law 

Next, you’ll want to know the boating laws for your area. It’s crucial to research federal, state, and local laws. Sometimes local and state laws vary from federal laws because of differences in waterways. 

Some regulations, such as who has the right-of-way and how to navigate busy waters don’t change across the United States. Other laws such as the requirement of a skier-down flag vary among states and bodies of water.  

If you’re traveling to a new lake or area for boating, be sure to research the local laws before dropping your boat in the water. This will ensure the safety and enjoyment of you and all others out on the water. 

Safety Features Onboard 

Another important part of staying safe on the water is understanding the safety mechanisms that are built into your boat. Systems such as a fire extinguisher, bilge pump, and other systems help to keep you and your family safe on the water.  

These systems are built in case of an emergency. Before heading out on the water to enjoy a day in the sun, know how these systems work. And more importantly, how they are activated and what to do if they are turned on. 

Hopefully, you never have to worry about using these built-in systems. However, if you were to end up in that situation, it’s better to be prepared.  

Be Educated 

Not to be forgotten about, boater’s education. It is so important that you are fully prepared to operate a boat before getting behind the wheel. Though boats are fun, they can also be very dangerous if the correct precautions are not taken.  

Some states require boater safety courses to be taken for a driver to be legal. However, this is not true of every state. Regardless of whether it’s legal or not, we recommend that everyone should pass the boaters’ safety course.  

Stay Safe on the Water 

With these helpful tips and tricks, you can help ensure the safety of your guests and of other boaters around you. By staying safe, you can enjoy your boat and the water for years to come.  

If you have any questions regarding boaters’ safety, reach out to your local Action Water Sports. We are happy to answer any questions regarding your safety while out on the water.  

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