Boating season is officially here! With boating season comes a new set of risks that your family should be aware of before you push away from the dock. In this article, we’ll offer our tips for staying safe while having fun on the water.
Helpful Boat Safety Tips
Creating a “Float Plan”
A float plan is basically an itinerary of where you plan to float your boat. This involves giving the following information to someone who won’t be going along, so if the need arises, that person will know where you were going.
The information should include:
- Your name, address, & phone number
- Name, address, & phone number of all passengers
- Boat type & registration information
- Trip itinerary
- Types of communication devices & signal equipment on board
Before you go out on the water, make sure that you have an “Assistant Skipper.” If you become incapacitated for any reason, it’s important that there is someone else on the boat that knows how to operate it and get your passengers back to shore safely.
If you find yourself unable to climb on top of your overturned boat or can’t reboard it, assume the HELP (Heat Escape Lessening Position), which involves drawing your knees to your chest, crossing your ankles, and crossing your forearms over your chest to insulate the body’s core.
To learn more boat safety tips or to request a free insurance quote, contact Kincaid Insurance. Each day we help boaters in Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois find the insurance they need. With customers in Evansville, Newburgh, Boonville, Henderson, Owensboro, Mt. Vernon, and the surrounding Tri-State, Kincaid is the number one name when it comes to finding affordable boat and watercraft insurance coverage. Whether you do your boating on the Ohio River, the Wabash River, Patoka Lake, Kentucky Lake, or any other local body of water, Kincaid has a plan that can meet your needs and save you money.