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With the sun shining bright just in time for spring break, it is time to prepare our boats to set sail. With all the excitement of getting a well-deserved week of fun, remember to use safe practices on board.  Our dedicated team at Fielding Law prepared boat safety tips for spring break so it can be full of memories, not injuries.  

Understand The Risk

According to the United States Coast Guard, there are over 5,000 boating incidents that occur every year in the U.S. The main contributors include boating under the influence, operator inexperience or inattention, and excessive speed. These incidents have resulted in over 3,00o injuries and 700 deaths. A week meant for fun can quickly take a turn when you are not taking the proper precautions.  

Safety Tips for Boating Fun

Familiarize Yourself With the Rules of the Water: Before you set sail, familiarize yourself with the rules of the water. Enjoy a seamless trip with The BoatUS Foundation guide created to ensure a safe day out boating.

Share Your Plans: Let someone know where you plan to go and what time you should be back to shore. In case of an emergency, someone on land will know to look for you and call for help if needed.   

Designate A Sober Skipper: Before you leave the dock, designate someone who will ensure the safe operation of the boat and the safety of the party. The Coast Guard has reported that boating under the influence is the leading cause of fatal accidents on the water.   

Ensure Proper Equipment: Before you set sail, ensure you have everything you need in case of an emergency while away from the deck. Here is a checklist of the necessary equipment for a safe day out.  

  • Enough life jackets for everyone on board 
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher 
  • Visual distress signals (i.e., flares and flags) 
  • Sound signal (i.e., whistle or air horn) 
  • Navigation lights  
  • Take a boating safety course  

Before you head out, check that all the equipment is in working order and has not expired. This checklist is not just a suggestion but requirements placed by the U.S. Coast Guard.  

Avoid Bad Weather: Before you head for your day of fun on the water, check the forecast and make sure it is safe to be out on a boat.   

Stay Alert of Wildlife: When you are out in the water, stay alert for any wildlife and boat responsibly.

Fielding Law is Here For You

Keep your spring break fun, and keep your outing safe and legal. Safety is not meant to be a bummer but rather a tool to give you peace of mind and let you kick back on your day of fun. With our boat safety tips for spring break, you can enjoy your day and return to shore accident-free. If the unexpected occurs and you are the victim in a boating accident, allow Fielding Law to be your anchor. Our trusted attorneys are ready to provide unwavering support in these intricate waters. Call 833.88.SHARK for a free legal consultation. We wish you a fun-filled spring break out on the water! 

Note: Information provided is for educational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. Always consult with a qualified attorney for legal concerns.