Make this year’s Memorial Day memorable, while also staying safe in the water. In the U.S, Memorial Day weekend is the start of summer for many, and a special time to remember all those who have sacrificed for our freedom.
With so many incredible destinations all around the country, it’s easy to see why Memorial Day brings one of the busiest weekends on the water. Here are a few safety tips that can give you peace of mind before and during your holiday weekend.
Safety Tips: Before Your Getaway
1. Make sure your boat is functioning safely and your documentation is up to date to avoid mishaps on the water. If you want to have your boat assessed for safety by the U.S Coast Guard, visit this link.
2. Ensure that your boat safety kit is up to date and easily accessible aboard your boat. Your safety kit should include the following,
• Duct Tape
• First Aid Kit
• Fire Extinguisher
• USCG Approved Life Jackets (one per passenger)
3. Monitor the weather beforehand - warm, sunny days are ideal for boating, but you can’t always predict when a storm will roll in. Make sure you have a plan to seek shelter and stay dry if necessary.
Safety Tips: While You’re Cruising
1. Rules of the Water - Rules may vary from state to state. Keep the proper reference tools aboard and make sure to follow all boating rules and regulations accordingly.
2. Dropping two anchors in a V-formation at the front of your vessel can keep you boat from drifting. You may need to drop the anchor in deeper waters (20-30ft) to prevent the tide from lifting your anchors.
3. Each vessel has a maximum passenger limit. To ensure your boat stays afloat, make sure you do not exceed your boats maximum passenger capacity.
4. Memorial Day Weekend is a time to honor and celebrate! While we encourage you to have fun, we also recommend you appoint a designated boat driver to ensure the safety of you and your fellow boaters.
The Coast Guard reminds all boaters that safety starts at the dock before you board your boat. Boaters should expect to see extra patrols on the water and may be stopped for a routine check.
Meanwhile, let’s keep close to our hearts that: “Each of the patriots whom we remember on this day was first a beloved son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a spouse, friend, and neighbor.”
George H. W. Bush