This time of year is perfect for getting out on the water. Boating gets you away from your normal busy life and lets you participate in a hobby that you love.
You are particularly excited to get out on the water because you love to fish. Before you head out, remember that accidents can and do happen. If you are involved in a boating collision, do you know what to do to get help or to stay safe?
One of the things that you should do is to make sure that you have a waterproof method of communication as well as a waterproof flare. You want to make sure that you can call for help and signal those who are coming to help you. You can purchase waterproof cellphones, or you may want to look into a waterproof two-way radio.
Another thing to do is to take the time to set up an emergency plan. If your boat begins to sink, for instance, you may want to have a list of steps to take, such as quickly putting on your life jacket or grabbing the floatation device that is connected to your boat.
If you are involved in a collision with another boat, it’s important for you and the others involved to help one another first. You will have time to place blame later, but the health and safety of those on board has to come first. Call 911 immediately. Make sure you get life jackets onto children, the injured and those who cannot swim right away. After everyone has received medical care who needs it, you can contact your insurance company and start putting together your claim.