It’s finally summertime and after a cold and harsh winter, everyone is excited to head to the beach and soak up the sun. Summer is a great time to try new activities, especially water sports that are limited to warmer months and climates. While you’re having fun and soaking up vitamin D during your summer adventures on the water, it is important to stay safe.
You want to do everything possible to keep your family safe and protected during any activity, but occasionally things go awry. Even with assumption of risk and waivers, the company has an obligation to maintain their equipment to certain standards. If something should happen, you want to make sure you have taken every precaution you can for keeping everyone safe, and not give a company in the wrong an easy out. Here are some tips for staying safe on the water:
Wear a life jacket
- Make sure your life jacket fits properly and securely so it can correctly do its job if it needs to.
Follow the basic boating rules and proper boating etiquette
- If you’re not a seasoned boater, take boating class or up-to-date manual to fill you in.
Use the correct safety precautions
- No matter what water sport you’re doing, jet skiing, parasailing, boating, it is important to be informed of all the safety precautions to ensure you and your passengers keep out of harm’s way.
- If you are renting equipment and the company offers training, it is a good idea to take it as they will know area specific dangers and concerns.
Know your surroundings
- Always be mindful of the where you’re going and if there are hazard areas around you. Avoid potentially dangerous situations if you can to prevent any injury.
Take your fun seriously
- Stay alert. It’s easy to get distracted or caught up in the moment once you’ve got that hang of it, but always stay mindful of the other boats, skiers, and swimmer in your area.
Don’t be needlessly reckless or try to show off. There is plenty of fun to be had without one-upping your companions.