Now that is is Summer, you may be looking forward to boating season. Safe boating is key to enjoying your time out on the water. Updating your boating insurance with Integra Insurance Services in Huntington, TX will ensure you are protected against any eventuality. The following tips will help you stay safe on the water.
If you’re new to boating, you may want to take a boating safety course to learn safety procedures for recreational boating before taking your vessel out on the water. The more knowledgeable you are about boating, the better. Safe boating habits such as navigating at safe speeds and staying alert at all times can reduce the risk of accidents.
Wear a Life Jacket
As the captain of your ship, you’re responsible for the safety of your passengers. Make sure everyone wears a life jacket when going out on the water. Children should have jackets that fit properly for their age and size.
Maintain a Safe Vessel
Check your boat periodically to ensure it’s in good condition and safe for traveling. An unsafe vessel will not only endanger your safety but could pose a threat to other boaters. Don’t forget to check your life raft(s) as well, especially before taking any long distance trips.
Stay Abreast of Weather Conditions
Check the weather forecast to make sure weather conditions are appropriate for boating. Take note of storm advisories and return to port if adverse weather threatens your safety.
File a Float Plan
If you’re planning an all-day boat trip, tell someone of your plans to include where you’re headed and when you’ll return. If something happens, that individual can tell authorities where to conduct a search.
To learn more about boating insurance options to protect your family and vessel, see an Integra Insurance Services agent in Huntington, TX.