Summer is here and with summer comes wanting to run out to the lake and get on the boat. I know when I had a cottage I looked forward to spending my week-ends lazing around on the boat and enjoying the scenery. Enjoying the boat comes with danger though. The Canadian Red Cross and the Lifesaving Society of Canada report approximately 200 boating fatalities per year. These can be avoided. Please don’t be another number to add to this statistic.
Boating Safety 101
* Take the BoatSmart Exam and get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card. You can do so at BoaterExam.com.
* LIFEJACKETS! Need I say more. Everyone on board should be wearing a life jacket. Knowing how to swim or having them on the boat will not save you in an accident.
* Check the weather. If there is a storm DO NOT go out. If you see a storm approaching get to land and safety.
* Respect other boaters. Follow the rules of the road on water.
* DO NOT drink and drive. You see so many boaters out enjoying a cold one on the water. Do not be one of them. It is illegal, unsafe and STUPID
* Make sure you have enough gas if a gas powered boat. You don’t exactly want to get stranded out in the water.
* Have a fire extinguisher on board.
These are my top tips for boating safety. Please be a safe and responsible boater and have a wonderful summer.
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