Stanley Yacht Services: Wear It! Shares Tips For Spring Boaters Read This, Mates!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Wear It! Shares Tips For Spring Boaters
Read This, Mates!

Situations on the water can escalate quickly, and wearing a life jacket not only gives you peace of mind to control an emergency situation but can also save your life, shares the annual boating safety campaign, Wear It!

Life jackets are available in inherently buoyant or inflatable styles. Inflatable life jackets give boaters no more excuses – you will still have mobility and flexibility for water activity while wearing the right gear. Regardless of the life jacket you choose, Wear It!

Please share these safety tips with spring boaters.
  • Prepare your boat by scheduling a vessel safety check with your local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons. 
  • Take a safe boating course
  • Know the latest marine weather forecast and dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. 
  • File a float plan before your trip with someone you trust that includes details about the trip and emergency contacts. 
  • Make sure everyone – even experienced swimmers – wears a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket appropriate for the water activity. 
  • Follow navigation rules, such as maintaining a proper lookout and safe speed. 
  • Never boat under the influence. Alcohol is responsible for 21 percent of boating fatalities. 
  • Keep in touch. Cell phones, satellite phones, emergency position radio beacons, VHF radios and personal locator beacons can all contribute in an emergency. 
  • Don’t panic if you fall into the water. Stay afloat with the help of your life jacket, regain control of your breathing, keep your head above water in vision of rescuers, and stay with the boat if possible.
For more information about the Wear It! campaign, please visit safeboatingcampaign.com.

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