Diving Boards for Boats and Boat Safety
For many of you, fall is in full swing and winter is not lagging far behind. So instead of boating, you are raking leaves, cleaning gutters and prepping your home for cold weather conditions. Not a whole lot of fun. Especially considering that just a few weeks ago you were fishing from your boat on the weekends without a care in the world.
Boating might be done for the season, but you could always use a brush up on safety. Lillipad Marine, your source for diving boards for boats, offers these safety tips to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
Proper Life Jackets
Life jackets do more than just simply keep you afloat. Many life jackets are designed to turn an unconscious person face up and there are even life jackets that help prevent hypothermia. By law, all boats must have a life jacket for every person on board. Some states require children to have a life jacket on at all times.
You will want to choose a life jacket suited for your height and weight. Make sure you try it on before you buy it to ensure a snug fit. There are many types of life jackets on the market, do your research and get the one right for your activity.
Check The Weather
You always hope for a warm, sunny day when you are boating. Unfortunately, this is not the case and you cannot forecast the weather. Gusts of wind and choppy water are often the signs of an approaching storm. And even if it is a hot July day, you could get caught in a sudden storm and things can go sideways real fast.
Make sure you check the weather before you head out in your boat for a day of fun.
We understand that you have a lot of family and friends and you want as many of them as possible to join you on your boat. However, you need to always follow your boat’s capacity restriction. A boat overloaded with passengers or equipment is an unsafe boat.
Take A Boating Safety Course
It is estimated that roughly 70 percent of all boating accidents are caused by operator error. So before you head out on your boat, make sure you know the rules and responsibilities.
This is a perfect winter project for you. There are several online boat safety courses you can take, some of them are even free.
Know What To Do If Someone Goes Overboard
If someone falls overboard or the boat capsizes, make sure you know what to do. If there is someone still on the boat, the boat needs to be turned off. If you have a life jacket on, you are able to float without much effort and should check to see if others are safe.
If you are not wearing a life jacket, look for one or some other floating device.
Once you have gone over safety tips, go to Lillipad Marine and check out our diving boards. Order now.