The Importance of Boating Safety
The majority of people will at some point in their life venture out on a boating excursion whether that is on a motor boat or out on a rowing boat. You may be going on a recreational trip, fishing, sightseeing, recreational activity or just to have a nice day out. However a seemingly harmless trip could quite easily turn bad if you do not take the correct precautions. Below there are a few tips to try and make sure you have a safe and enjoyable time boating.
PFD stands for Personal Flotation Devices. PFD are very important on all kinds of boating trips as even the most experienced of swimmers can find themselves in trouble if caught off guard. Therefore make sure and be prepared and wear your PFD. At least try to ensure your PFD are worn while there is bad weather, an emergency, low visibility, night time, when alone and whenever you are in unfamiliar waters. Children should always be wearing PFD if they are at any potential risk of going overboard. It is very important to ensure that all PFD fits correctly and that the user isn’t going to slip out of it.
Alcohol and Drugs
Like when driving a car, there is a much greater risk of an accident occurring if the operator is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. That is why most countries have a limit on the alcohol allowed in the blood while operating a boat.
If you are on prescription drugs there can be adverse effects on your body and you should always read the label of the drugs or consult your doctor to confirm whether it is safe or not.
It may sound ridiculous but ensuring that any persons on a boat of any kind is not suffering from any illness is important just in case an emergency did arise and they had to be capable of looking after themselves.
Having a certain degree of fitness is also advisable on all kinds of boats but especially rowing boats. Rowing boats tend to be a lot smaller and are at greater risk of capsizing. Therefore ensuring the occupants of the boat are capable of rowing the planned distance is important. Rowing machines are a very common in all commercial gyms. Or you could invest in a home rowing machine, just make sure to do some research so you get the best rowing machine for your requirements. So it may be worth getting some practice in before you head on a rowing boat.
It is very easy to jump on a boat and go exploring. However it is advisable that you do your research on the area that you plan on venturing into as the water may look calm but some seas become very dangerous very quickly! You do not want to be caught in a rip tide that may catch you off guard.