Staying Safe: Boating Solo Tips

Staying Safe: Boating Solo Tips

Summer is in full swing, and with this beautiful weather, who can resist spending the day on a boat? Feeling the sun, wind, and water is a refreshing experience after all. Spending the day on a boat is an excellent way to bond with your friends/family. However, it also can make a great environment for those who just want some alone time. You can certainly have a pleasurable experience being both the captain and the crew. So yes, boating solo can be a safe and enjoyable experience, as long as you properly prepare before you leave the dock.
Boating Solo Tips
While you may enjoy the solitude of boating solo, extra precautions need to be taken. To ensure you have a safe trip, check out and follow these helpful boating solo tips.

• Educate and prepare yourself by taking a boating safety course. It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie or a seasoned veteran, everyone can benefit from taking these courses.
• Boating alone means you will be docking and launching the boat yourself. Make sure you are comfortable and capable of doing so. Everything that you had your crew do, you will need to do, so make sure you can complete every task.
• Ensure that you have what you need on board with you, and keep it where you can get to it. Whether that is a jacket, sunglasses, your favorite hat, or sunscreen, make sure all of your necessities are within arm’s reach.
• If you are boating solo, you should ALWAYS wear a life jacket. Keeping it onboard is not enough. If you happen to go overboard, you won’t have anyone on board to help you, so make sure you always have one on.
• Ensure that you have safety equipment onboard that’s readily available. The last thing you want is to be searching for your safety gear during an emergency. Knowing where your equipment is can mean the difference between life and death.


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