It's a beautiful day, the sun is shining and you've just launched your boat for the start of another season on the water. And the thoughts of that tough winter just past as quickly forgotten. Everyone's on board, excited about the day ahead, so off you go. The day unfolds as you had hoped it would. Until a problem leaves you dead in the water.
It could be that you've run out of gas or you've had a mechanical breakdown of some kind. What to do? The real question should be "what should I do before I leave the dock?"
Safe Boating Awareness week was May 18th to 24th. But if you are a boater, whatever the size of your vessel, you must always be aware of boating safely. It has to be something that is as automatic as breathing or you will find yourself floating aimlessly...
Your best way to be prepared every time is to review your check list BEFORE you leave the dock - fuel, battery, charts, weather, instruments, safety equipment, lifejackets, etc. You could start making that list now if you don't have already have one.
It's all simple common sense isn't it? Preventative medicine. And it can go an awfully long way to ensuring that every time you venture out on your boat, you will be safe and you will return safely as well.
For the most valuable website, that as a boater you can ever visit, go to www.smartboater.ca
'Promoting Safe and Responsible Boating Throughout Canada'