It's officially National Safe Boating Week and our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help spread awareness. Boating is one of the most fun summer activities at our beautiful lake. With that recreation comes some danger. Summerset Boat Lifts wants to help keep everyone safe and remind you of the safety precautions you should take any time you are boating!
What is National Safe Boating Week?
National Safe Boating Week will be held from May 22-28, 2021, reminding all boaters to brush up on boating safety skills and prepare for the boating season. This observance week is the annual kick-off of the Safe Boating Campaign, a global awareness effort that encourages boaters to make the most of their boating adventure by being responsible.
Top Boating Safety Tips:
Always Wear a Life Jacket
A life jacket can save a life. Many people think they don't need a life jacket because they are a good swimmer. Being a good swimmer doesn't help if you are involved in a boating accident. You may be disoriented or even worse, unconscious.
Be Aware of Surroundings
Just like on the highway, the traffic on the water can change in an instant. When driving a boat, you must be aware of all other boaters on the water, and other objects along the water. This can help you more safely navigate your way through boat traffic and in and out of busy boating areas. If you aren't comfortable in type of areas, consider staying to a less crowded part of the water.
Designate a Sober Captain
If you plan on drinking out on the water, make sure you have a designated captain to safely operate your vessel. Just like getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, driving a boat is a big responsibility and having your complete attention is vital for a safe boating experience.
Life Jacket Fit Test:
It's important that your life jacket fits properly. Check out some quick tips to ensure a safe fit.
- Make sure the life jacket is properly fastened
- Check the weight and size of the life jacket to ensure it is a good fit for you
- All straps, buckles, or zippers are secure
- Hold arms straight up over your head
- Ask a friend or guardian to gently pull up on the lifejacket to assure a snug fit
With the big holiday weekend upon us, it's important to keep these safety tips top of mind while you're out on the boat. If you have any issues with your boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks, give our experienced service time a call right away! Summerset Boat Lifts is here for you and wishes you and yours a safe Memorial Day Weekend!