Just like you prioritize safety inspections for your car, it’s crucial to perform regular examinations of your boat on top of the inspection you do before taking it out. Doing regular checkups will make sure your boat is properly maintained, and that you catch any issues early to avoid putting anyone at risk.
10 Essential Boating Safety Tips:
- Obtain your boating license: Ensure you have a valid boating license or Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) before operating a boat.
- Wear life jackets: All passengers, especially non-swimmers and children, should wear life jackets. Keep extra life jackets on board.
- Prepare a boat safety kit: Include a first aid kit, whistle, duct tape, cell phone, bucket, extra ropes, and other necessary items.
- Educate passengers: Brief your passengers on boating safety procedures and ensure they wear approved life jackets.
- Stay alert for weather changes: Check the weather forecast before heading out and remain attentive to sudden weather changes.
- Practice docking and undocking: Regularly practice docking and undocking maneuvers with guidance to become proficient.
- Never operate a boat under the influence: Avoid alcohol consumption while operating a boat to ensure the safety of everyone on board and in the water.
- Use common sense: Apply practical judgment, follow speed limits, be aware of other vessels, and prioritize the safety of passengers.
- Take a boat safety course: Brush up on boat safety rules and responsibilities, regardless of your experience level.
- Perform a full inspection of your boat: Check the engine, electrical features, lights, radio, oil levels, and battery power before each outing.
Remember, accidents can still occur, so if you or someone you know is involved in a boating accident in Ontario, seek legal assistance if it wasn’t their fault.