These tips can help you be safe on the water with your boat.
- Life Jackets. You and your passengers should be wearing life jackets at all times. The U.S. Coast Guard reported that 78% of boating deaths in 2014 were due to drowning, and 84% of the victims were not wearing a life jacket. Just Wear It.
- Get educated. Coast Guard data from 2015 reported that 71% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had no boating safety instruction. Only 15% of deaths occurred where the operator had received a nationally approved boating safety education certificate. Learn it.
- Weather watch. Check the weather before leaving the dock. Get weather apps for your phone or tablet.
- Create a float plan. Tell a family member, friend, or staff of your plans. Better yet, get the US Coast Guard App and file a float plan there.
- Don't drink and boat.
Before you decide to embark on a boating adventure, make sure you have adequate coverage. Be safe, be secure.
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