With summer in full swing there is a lot of traffic on the water and we all need to be respectful to ensure boating safety. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while you are enjoying your time on the water this summer:
- Do NOT Drink and Boat
The same reasons we don’t drink and drive are the same reasons we don’t drink and boat. Also, per Motor Boatin’ policy I do not allow alcohol on my boats at all. Studies have shown that alcohol can be more hazardous on water than land, alcohol can impact judgment and coordination. Please be responsible and safe and don’t drink and boat, or have a designated driver who will be staying sober for the duration of your trip.
- Always Wear a Lifejacket
North Carolina requires anyone under 13 to be wearing a lifejacket on any recreational vessel. Also, if you are on any watercraft no matter what age you must have a Coast Guard-approved life vest. The U.S Coast Guard reported that more than 80% of boating fatality victims could have survived if they were wearing a life jacket. You should always have life jackets accessible on your boat but you should also always be wearing one just in case an accident happens that wouldn’t allow you enough time to grab one. Better safe than sorry!
- Be Courteous of Others on The Water
The water is a shared space between boaters and swimmers. We must respect everyone else that is also on the water to avoid accidents and injuries. If everyone does their part, everyone will have a safe and fun time on the water! Always, follow signs and directions while on the water they were put there for a reason. Also, always keep safe distances from swimmers and other boats and definitely keep your wake low around them.
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