As the weather warms, there is nothing quite like the thrill of being out in a boat on the open water. To ensure that your summer is as safe and successful as possible, it is essential to keep in mind the following boating safety tips.

Review Safety Procedures With Passengers

It is always a good idea to review on-the-water safety protocols with boat passengers particularly those with less experience before heading out. Boaters should know where life jackets and fire extinguishers are located, and what to do in the event of an emergency.

Likewise, you should always carry a first-aid kit, and extra potable water (and gasoline, if necessary) when out on the water.

Don’t Drink and Boat

Mixing alcohol with operating a boat is a highly dangerous combination. Alcohol can impair judgment and will inhibit motor skills, making you far more prone to an accident while out boating. Staying sober will ensure a safe trip out and back.

Carry Boat Insurance

Even if you’re an experienced boater, following these boating safety tips can make the difference between a safe excursion, and a catastrophic one. Still, carrying boat insurance is also crucial, to ensure you’re covered if anything unfortunate does result.

To ensure summer boating is as enjoyable as possible, keep the above tips in mind on your next excursion.