Emergency Preparedness: Six Steps Boaters Can Take Over the Off-Season
Already planning for a summer of fun and adventure on the water? As part of your planning, make sure you're prepared for an accident or emergency. As the saying goes: hope for the best, but plan for the worst.
1. Begin by getting a vessel safety check from the U.S. Power Squadrons or the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. By doing so, you can be assured that your boat meets minimum federal and state safety requirements.
2. Determine if your safety gear and related devices are adequate for the type of boat you have and the excursions you're planning to take. You may need to go beyond the prescribed minimums.
Want more? Review tips 3 through 6