SCBFA Top 5 Safety Tips for Safe Boating Week 2024

May 15, 2024


May 18-24 is National Safe Boating Week! The South Carolina Boating and Fishing Alliance (SCBFA) is dedicated to promoting safety on our beautiful waterways. Here are our top five tips to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable boating experience:

  1. Wear a Life Jacket Every Time You’re on a Watercraft
    • “The best life jacket is the one you wear.” Ensure everyone on board has a properly fitted life jacket. It’s the simplest step you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.
  2. Check Your Equipment and Use a Cut-Off Switch
    • Before you set out, make sure all your equipment is in good working order. Use a cut-off switch to stop the engine in emergencies. This can be crucial in preventing accidents and ensuring a quick response if needed.
  3. Watch the Weather and Stay Aware
    • Weather conditions can change rapidly on the water. Always check the forecast before you head out and stay vigilant for any signs of changing weather. Being aware of your surroundings can help you avoid dangerous situations.
  4. Plan Your Time on the Water and Inform Someone
    • Outline your boating trip and share your plan with someone on shore. This includes your expected route and return time. If anything goes wrong, this information can be vital for rescue operations.
  5. Boat Sober and Travel at Safe Speeds
    • Alcohol and boating are a dangerous mix. Stay sober to ensure you can make sound decisions. Also, adhere to speed limits and navigate at speeds that are safe for the conditions, reducing the risk of accidents.

Stay safe and enjoy your time on South Carolina’s waterways by following these essential safety tips. For more information and resources on boating safety, visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com

Happy Boating Week from the SCBFA!

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