Lake Martin Boater and Water Safety
Part of living on lovely Lake Martin is enjoying the water. Around here, we love being on the lake as soon as the sun rises, playing on the shores, and watching each other try a hand at various watersports. However, the Lake Martin Team also knows how important it is to always be thinking about water safety along with all of the water fun. In order to have the best experience this summer, it’s important to be safe. Today we’re covering boater and water safety tips, so you can be sure to have the best summer on Lake Martin.
Make sure everything is in shipshape.
There’s a reason the term “shipshape” has nautical origins. The word is based on the fact that sailors were expected to keep their quarters neat and secure should a ship experience any rough waters. While we don’t have to worry about rough water like sailors who have gone before us, we do have to plan and prepare for each season. Before launching your boat, ensure that everything is in good working order. Check your gas gauges. Secure a fire extinguisher. Give your horn a whistle. Try your navigation lights. Once your boat is in good order, it should be smooth sailing.
Here’s a bit of trivia: what does the acronym PFD stand for? If you guessed personal floatation device, give yourself a pat on the back. We cannot stress enough the importance of having a personal floatation device for every passenger on your boat. It is a matter of life or death. According to the 2016 Coast Guard Report, “Where cause of death was known, 80% of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 83% were not wearing a life jacket.” Besides being dangerous, not having access to a life jacket is unacceptable.
Here are a few other PFD rules to keep in mind:
- Children under 8 years old must be wearing a life jacket while in the open portion of a boat.
- Anyone being towed (think skis, tubes, and kneeboards) must be wearing a life jacket.
- Anyone on a personal watercraft (like a Sea-Doo) must be wearing a life jacket.
- If you are boating alone, you should be wearing a life jacket.
Another important thing to remember? Per Alabama law, you are required to have at least one dedicated life jacket on board per passenger. Remember a PFD can save a life, but not if it’s buried under other equipment, stored away, or not being used.
For even more tips about boater and water safety, we recommend heading over to Lake Browser. You can find a ton of good advice and helpful information there. Happy boating!
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