Boating Safety Tips from Former Miami Dolphin, Jason Taylor
Have you heard about the new Boatsetter? We’ve got a former Miami Dolphin on our team! We are proud to have Jason Taylor, the future NFL hall of famer and avid boater, as part of our Boatsetter team.
We recently sat down with Jason Taylor and talked about an important topic: boating safety. As a very experienced boater, Jason wanted to share some of his top boating safety tips with those who are just getting their “feet wet” as boaters.
Anytime you go boating, safety should be the first consideration. By following basic safety rules, your boating trip will be fun and, most importantly, safe for everyone. These tips are brought to you by Jason Taylor, former Miami Dolphin and Boatsetter, the leading boat sharing company.
Boating Safety Tip #1:
Make sure you have all the needed safety equipment on board, like personal flotation devices, life jackets, distress signals and fire extinguishers. Be aware of where this equipment is located on the boat. It may not seem important when everything’s going good – but if something goes wrong, you’re going to be glad you have them!
Boating Safety Tip #2:
If you choose to go out on your own, file a float plan and stick to it. It’s a simple document that can be left with a friend, neighbor or the marina manager providing your contact info, where you’re going, when you left, any planned stops and when you plan to return. A sample float plan can be located online and could turn out to be a lifesaver.
Boating Safety Tip #3:
Drinking & Boating It’s tempting to crack open a cold one on a hot day out on the water…but if you’re the driver, it’s not an option. Alcohol is the leading cause of deadly boating accidents and officials don’t take it lightly. My tip, designate a captain and just don’t do it.
Boating Safety Tip #4:
Take a Boating Safety Course The US Coast Guard offers a lot of options for boaters who want to learn the basics of boating safety and most are free. This is a great way to take your boating knowledge to the next level and to keep yourself and your family safe every time you’re on the water.
Boating Safety Tip #5:
Hiring an experienced & licensed captain takes the pressure off. If you are unsure of the area or if you have no boating knowledge, hiring a captain is a great way to leave the responsibility to an expert. They know what to do in tight situations, unfamiliar waters or if bad weather sneaks up on you. (Not to mention, you can just relax and enjoy yourself with someone else at the helm).
Your boat rental is certain to be amazing…but before setting out on any boating adventure, noating safety should always be at the forefront. The boating safety tips above are a great beginning but, of course, there’s more ground to be covered. Be sure to know the basics and, if you are new to boating, a captain should be included to ensure the safest boating experience. Have any insightful tips about boating safety to share? Let’s talk…