As the weather begins to warm up across California, numerous persons are going to take to the water in their own vessels. To make sure that you’re protected when you head out on the water, be it a lake or the ocean or anything else, you might consider some safety tips out of New York that would still be applicable on this coast.
You first need to make sure that you’re qualified to operate whatever boat you take on the water. Visit the website of the California Department of Motor Vehicles to figure out exactly what kind of license and training you’re going to need, and then obey whatever the law says.
Once you are out on the water, make sure you’re equipped to handle whatever emergency comes your way. A life jacket is essential for everyone onboard, and you can also cut down on the risk of drowning by having a throwable personal flotation device handy that you can lob to persons who fall into the water.
First aid, a distress signal, and a fire extinguisher are also good ideas, and you should instruct everyone who goes with you on what to do in the event of an emergency. Have a cellphone on hand to call for help when all else fails, and know how to use available navigational and GPS equipment so that you never get lost.
Finally, eliminate alcohol intake entirely so that you’re capable of piloting your boat safely.