With National Safe Boating Week coming up next week (May 16-22), now is as good a time as any to remind people to be safe not just next week but every time you use your boat. Whether you’re taking it out for an early evening run on the river alone, hosting a large group over a busy holiday weekend on the lake, or traveling to one or more of the dozens of poker runs coming up this summer, make arriving back to the dock or launch ramp safely your No. 1 priority.
Wearing life jackets is one of the smartest things a boat crew can do for safety. Photo courtesy Florida Powerboat Club
Please avoid becoming another U.S. Coast Guard statistic. You don’t want that and neither do your friends, family members and the entire boating community. The bottom line is that it comes down to the choices you make and being as prepared as possible.
We all know the KISS acronym Keep It Simple Stupid, but the dedicated team at BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water—a national advocate for safe, clean and responsible boating funded primarily by donations from the half-million-plus members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS)— has four tips that follow the familiar acronym with a focus on boating safety.