Boat Owner’s Guide to Safety

As much fun as hitting the water can be, owning a boat is not all fun and games. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or just starting out, prioritizing safety should always be at the forefront of your boating adventures. Keep reading for safety tips every boat owner should know! 

Wear life jackets

There’s a reason they’re called life jackets! Before setting sail, ensure that every person on board has access to a properly fitted life jacket. These jackets should be appropriate for each individual’s size and weight, and they should be worn at all times, especially for children and non-swimmers. Remember: adult life jackets will not work for children. There are several options for life jackets, so be sure to check the label for the size and weight limits. 

Know Oklahoma’s boating laws

Every waterway has its own set of regulations and laws governing boating activities. It’s crucial to familiarize yourself with Oklahoma’s boating laws–or wherever you’re boating–before embarking on any journey. Understanding speed limits, navigation rules, and safety requirements can prevent complications while on the water.

Look at the forecast ahead of time

Checking the weather forecast before heading out is a fundamental aspect of boating safety. Sudden storms or adverse weather conditions can turn a pleasant excursion into a dangerous situation. Stay informed about any impending storms to make decisions about when it’s safe to get on the water.

Drink plenty of water 

Spending time on the water, especially under the hot sun, can quickly lead to dehydration. To ensure everyone’s well-being, make sure to bring an ample supply of clean water on board. Dehydration can impair judgment and coordination, increasing the risk of accidents, so staying hydrated is important. 

Make sure you’re covered

Boating accidents can happen unexpectedly, despite taking all necessary precautions. Having the right boat insurance ensures that you’re financially protected in case of damages, injuries, or liabilities arising from accidents on the water. Before setting sail, review your insurance policy to ensure it provides comprehensive coverage for your vessel and passengers. Talk to your local OKFB agent to learn more about your coverage options! 

Prioritizing safety is non-negotiable when it comes to enjoying your time on the water. By following these essential boat safety tips you can ensure a safe and enjoyable boating experience for yourself and your passengers! 

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