The days are getting longer and the temperatures are getting warmer, and soon, some of us will have the pleasure of hopping onboard a boat. Whether she’s a small flat bottom boat or a stunning speed boat, safety must always stay on top of mind when out in the open waters. You want to have a fun boating experience, and safety tips like checking to ensure you have the proper amount of fuel in your boat, as well as wearing Polarized Safety Glasses, keep you safe and grinning as you man your boat.
Tip #1: Have a boating license? A boating license is more than a sheet of paper – it’s acknowledgement that you are responsible enough to drive a boat, and that you know the boating safety must-haves. If you’re not driving the boat, make sure the driver does indeed have a license.
Tip #2: Check the fuel. Ever hop in your car without checking how much gas you have left? You’re excited to head out into the water, and after getting everyone onboard, it’s so easy to forget to check that you have enough fuel! Some boaters keep a checklist in their dock to ensure they don’t forget to check this very essential boating safety tip.
Tip #3: Consult the weather report. Ah, calm waters and not a cloud in the sky. Then twenty-minutes out, the raindrops start to fall and the thunder clouds roll in. The weather can be very mercurial, so take care to check the weather report before you head out. Smartphone apps make it even easier to do so these days.
Tip #4: Wear safety glasses. We’ve said again and again how important – yet easy to overlook – safety glasses are. It’s no different when out in the water. You’re boating at a nice speed, and although the wind rushing at you is a great feeling, it can always cause your eyes to dry or bugs, dirt, and water to fly up in your eyes, distracting you from driving the boat. Polarized safety glasses, like our Edge Dakura Polarized Safety Glasses, help you see more detail as you cruise along the water, without fear of bugs or water spraying up at you.
Tip #5: Take care with alcohol. Boating is great fun, isn’t it? It’s tempting to mix boating with alcohol, especially on innocent-looking lakes in the summertime. Yet, boating accidents dramatically increase when alcohol is involved. The smallest error in judgment can cause harm to you, your guests, and your boat. Save the alcohol for the dock!
The type of watercraft is no matter – simply being out in the water and safely enjoying the rush of the wind against your cheeks is one of our favorite parts of the summertime. As long as you are following boating safety tips, you can have an enjoyable boating experience. Know a boater in your life? Keep him or her safe by gifting polarized safety glasses, in exchange for a ride on the boat, of course!