Summer is fast approaching and it’s time to go have in the water. Before you start the festivities, there are things that you need to do to ensure that your summer adventure is not only fun, but also safe. It’s quite easy to have fun, but it is better if you know that everyone you will be spending time with are safe. The list below should help you be safe while on a boat.
- Be aware of the weather – Summer means the sun is out, but you don’t know when rain is going to fall. Make it a point to check the weather conditions before you go on an adventure. This means checking the waves and winds as well. You would want to be prepared for natural disasters that can come your way. If you see that it isn’t safe to be on the water, postpone your trip to a better time.
- Always swim with someone – If you are planning to take a dip into the water, make sure that you always partner up with a buddy. You’ll never know if you get cramps in the water and need assistance. In addition, you can get tired of swimming and may need help getting back into the boat. By having a buddy, you have immediate help in case of an emergency.
- Have a PCOC – A Pleasure Craft Operator Card is something that you need to have if you are going to operate a watercraft. If you don’t already have one, make sure that you get one before your summer trip. Having a license is always a good idea.
- Check your boat – Before you take your boat out into the sea or lake, you should check if it is in good working condition, especially if it has not been used for a while. Look for damages, cracks, the engine, and other components of the boat. Do the necessary repairs if needed to make sure that you will be safe during your trip.
- Have an emergency kit – An emergency kit should always be present whenever you go out into the sea. Some of the items that should be included in the kit are tools, a first-aid kit, change of clothes, snacks, and drinking water. Spare parts that are needed for the boat should also be included in the kit.
- Drink plenty of fluids – It can be easy for your body to be dehydrated when you spend a lot of time under the sun, especially if you are busy doing water activities. Once in a while, make it a point to dehydrate yourself by drinking plenty of fluids. Don’t wait for yourself to feel nauseated or lightheaded before you take in fluids.
Now that you know how you can stay safe in the water this summer season, it should be easy for you to have fun doing the things that you enjoy the most while out in the water. Keep these things in mind to ensure that you are always safe whether you plan to go fishing or spend an afternoon swimming the middle of the ocean!
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