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Not only for your own safety, but also to follow state law, you need to have enough life jackets on board for everyone. According to Missouri state law, children under the age of seven are required to wear a life jacket at all times while on board a watercraft, unless they're down in the cabin. You are also legally required to have a throwable flotation device on board at all times.
Boating Registration and License
Make sure your boat registration is current. It's important that you're following state laws while operating your watercraft. If you were born after 1984, a boating license is required by law. Ensure you've taken and passed the boaters safety course and have needed license to prove so.
All boats are required to have a fire extinguisher on board. Ensure your extinguisher is in good working order and up to date with boating regulations. Also ensure everyone on board knows where it is located, if someone needs to access it in a hurry.
Encouraged:First Aid Kit
It's important to have a well-stocked first aid kit can help make sure you can address incidents, everything from small nicks and cuts to sea sickness. You can either buy a kit or make your own that includes gauze, band-aids, scissors, latex gloves, cotton balls, antiseptic lotion, pain relievers and tweezers. This should handle the majority of minor injuries that may take place. If something is more serious, ensure the injured person gets medical attention immediately.
Food and Water
One of the most important things about being out on the water is staying hydrated. Make sure you bring enough bottled water for everyone on board. Depending on how long you're planning on being out on the Lake, you should also bring lunch or at least some snacks. It can be easy to get caught up in a day out on the water but it's important to stay nourished.
If you're spending any amount of time outside, it's important to apply sunscreen. Even if it's cloudy outside, some of the worst burns can happen when it's overcast. Have plenty of sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 on board for your boating crew. If you have small children, a 50 SPF or higher is recommended.
Now's the perfect time to prepare your boat for the upcoming season. Boating may be the only getaway you and your family can experience while practicing social distancing. Whether you're getting to-go orders from waterfront restaurants, cruising down the lake on a beautiful day, or trying to reel in the big one, boating is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors right now! As you're preparing your boat for the busy season ahead, ensure your boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks is in good working order. Our team can come perform boat lift maintenance on your lift.
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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO 65065
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