Many boaters will be out on the open seas this summer. State Insurance Solutions has a few simple safety tips to help you enjoy your time with your friends and family.
Take a Few Lessons
It’s a good idea to take a boating class if it is your first time on a boat. Even if you are a passenger, you should know some details about the vessel. Taking a lesson will give you the tools you need in case there is an emergency.
Check the Weather
Check the weather frequently and know what the weather conditions are before you go out on your vessel. Even if the first part of the day is sunny, you don’t want to get caught in severe weather later in the afternoon.
Have an emergency Plan
Get with your passengers and develop a plan. If there is an emergency, each person should have a specific job to do. Practice different emergency procedures, for example, if the engine fails or you need to jump ship.
Inspect the boat before departure
Before you take your vessel out on the water, you should check for any damages, especially if it has been sitting all winter. The electrical system, the engine, communication system, and the hull should be investigated to make sure there are no loose wires or cracks.
Life jackets are Absolutely Necessary
Another thing that should be checked before leaving on a boating trip is your life jacket. Every person that is traveling with you should be wearing a life jacket. Even if you are a comfortable swimmer, you may be unable to swim if you are hurt. A life jacket could save your life.
Serving the Arlington, Texas area, State Insurance Solutions have agents available to help you with securing new boat insurance policies or going over your current coverage.