Most of us follow general safety tips that have been drilled into our heads when it comes to being on the road, but what about out on the water? Boats are just as dangerous of a motor vehicle as a car or truck is, yet the good hearted fun nature of water transportation tends to make people forget that water accidents are no joke.
So let’s go over a few boating safety tips to make sure this summer out cruising stays stress free.
1. Vessel Safety Check
Especially important if your vessel is being taken out offshore, vessel safety checks are conducted by a certified examiner and will result in a VSC decal. The best part of all, it’s FREE! Setting up your appointment is as easy as filling out a request form online.
These examinations include safety regulations that need to be met according to federal and state laws. A few main checks would be on floatation devices, distress signals, fire extinguishers, and navigation lights. At the end of the exam there will be several suggestions made for additional safety measures, which should be carried out for extra protection.