Basics of Boating

Boating BasicsIf you are new to boating, it is important to learn the basic guidelines to safe boating. Knowing these ahead of time, before you are challenged with situation on the water, lessens the risk of problems. If you are a seasoned boating veteran, brushing up on the basics is important to keep these things fresh on your mind.





The following are some common-sense boating guidelines:

  1. Weather – Always know the forecast before setting out on the water, whether it is ocean boating, or on a lake. Knowing beforehand the wind and storm conditions, and avoiding weather conditions which could be disastrous and life-threatening, will keep your boating memories as pleasant ones.
  2. Double Check – Always review a list of important items to review before departing on the open water. Things like putting your plug in the boat, sufficient life jackets and up-to-date fire extinguishers, are some of the important ones.
  3. Let Others Know – Let those staying on land of your boating plan, where you are going and how long you will be gone.
  4. Boat Operators – Make sure you have another person on board who understands your vessel, how to operate it and what to do in case of an emergency. This becomes critical if you encounter a medical issue in which you cannot function physically or mentally.
  5. Safety First – Always follow boating safety rules. Never put yourself or your crew at risk for pushing the envelope of boating safety.