Now that Summer is in full swing, as parents we need to be diligent as we are fun and flexible. Living in the Midwest where the winters are brutal, I try to make the most out of the summer months activities. Surrounded by more Great Lakes than any other state, most of my families outdoor activities include water. Boating is one of our favorite activities, but also one that comes with a lot of risks. Before taking your family out on a boating trip there are a few simple rules to follow to ensure safety.
Learn How To Swim
While it’s not required to first know how to swim before going boating, it is a good idea to learn. By the age of seven, my husband and I made sure all of our boys learned ho to swim. The local YMCA offers affordable swimming lessons to children and adults at all skill levels.
Life Jackets On board
Life jackets are a part of every boating trip we take. Whether you’re a seasoned swimmer or not a life jacket can be key to life or death. Make sure their is a life jacket for everyone on board. Life jackets should be worn throughout the entire time aboard the boat.
It’s never to early to learn CPR. People of all ages can benefit from the knowledge of CPR. Check your local listings for CPR class offerings. Many times your local fire department offers CPR classes.
Most boats are equipped with radios. Make sure the boat you’re on has a working radio and know your boats call numbers. If you ever have to contact your local Coast Guard, it’s important to know your boats call numbers as well as your position. Knowledge of this simple information can save hours of time and may save lives. Cell phones aren’t always useful when you’re out on a boat. Don’t rely on your cellphone.
Remember safety is important when you’re out on a boat and being prepared is extremely important when avoiding boating accidents and injuries.