Boating Safety Tips: Part 2

We’ve chatted with a few people and asked what they believe the most important boating safety tips are. Here’s input from another person we spoke with:

Carolyn Stuberg, Founder and Executive Director of Alexandria School for Nannies

Stuberg said she has her skipper’s license and she owns three boats and a wave runner. Boating safety is taught at the school for nannies and the lake house.

  • No children under 12 years old are allowed on the dock or in a boat without a life jacket
  • Children’s life jackets must have collars with handles in case they fall into the lake. The vests must also have crotch straps and be approved by the United States Coast Guard
  • Anyone using a wave runner must know how to swim
  • No one without a skipper’s license is allowed to drive a wave runner or boat
  • Those with skipper’s licenses must carries copies with them in a waterproof bag
  • All persons being pulled behind the boat must have a spotter
  • All spotters and riders must know the correct hand signals
  • No barefoot wave riding
  • No alcoholic beverages on the boat

Image courtesy of the National Safe Boating Council

Lastly, Stuberg said safety checks are mandatory before anyone takes out a boat or wave runner. All safety items including fire extinguishers and correct number of life jackets must be present.

 


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