Since many of us have been looking for creative ways to social distance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one industry that has been busy this summer is boating! Summer is not quite over yet, so it is still a good idea to review boater safety before heading out on the water.
Before you cast off, no matter your desired choice of watercraft or body of water, it is a good idea to check the local weather forecast to know what you will encounter. Sometimes it looks like a gorgeous day out on the lake, but dark clouds may be headed your way. It is best to be prepared for the weather by planning ahead. My favorite weather websites to check before heading out are NOAA (www.noaa.gov) and Weather Underground (www.wunderground.com).
It is also important to prep your boat with the necessary and often required safety items such as a life jacket for each person on the boat, fire extinguishers, and communication devices like weather radios and cell phones. If pulled over by the U.S. Coast Guard, you will likely receive a fine without the proper safety equipment. Most importantly, in an emergency, each of these items can save your life.
Some recreational boating safety guidelines may have been updated recently due to COVID-19. Be sure to check and follow state and local guidance with this in mind.
And of course, making sure your boat is properly insured will give you peace of mind when accidents happen. To find out if you have the proper insurance on your boat or for any insurance inquiries, contact your agent today.