Some things to consider this Summer boating season:
📜 Know the Rules
Boating safety courses are generally offered locally, are inexpensive and won’t take up too much of your time.
Check discoverboating.com for a wealth of information from purchasing to owning as well as finding local courses nationwide.
You can see Colorado’s boat registration information and rules here.
⛵ Be Prepared
It’s recommended to keep the following on board:
First aid kit
🌊 Don’t underestimate the importance of a Life Jacket
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2017 76% of boating deaths were due to drowning, and 84% of the victims were not wearing a life jacket.
Check outBoatUS.comfor information on which types if life jackets are best for which activities.
Clickhere for rules regarding life jackets (how many you’re required to carry, who is allowed to use an inflatable life jacket, etc.)
⛅ Check the Weather!
It’s best to check your local, rout and destination weather and water conditions before you leave. This can end up saving you time an energy if there is an unexpected weather event.
🌫️ Be aware of Harmful Fumes
After refueling your boat, open all the hatches and smell for fumes. If detected, don’t start the engine.
Carbon monoxide can accumulate anywhere in or around your boat, such as inadequately ventilated canvas enclosures or enclosed places, blocked exhaust outlets and at slow speeds, while idling or stopped, among other ways.
👟 Don’t forget Non-Slip Shoes
You don’t want to fall overboard! Make sure you have the proper footwear.
🛠️ Have your Boat Checked
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons offer complimentary boat examinations. They will verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment by state and federal regulations. They also offer free virtual vessel exams.
💭 Use Common Sense!
Make sure you stay alert and keep an eye on everyone in the boat. You want to be aware of your surroundings at all times.