Memorial Day Boating Safety Tips

This weekend marks the beginning of summer for most folks.  Memorial Day means camping, barbecues, throwing parties, and getting out on the water to do some boating.  Boating is a hobby enjoyed by many Wisconsinites, as our state has plenty of lakes and rivers.  However, this also means that boating accidents happen pretty regularly, many of which could be avoided.  Before you set sail this weekend, make sure your boat is protected by Wisconsin watercraft insurance and review these safety tips from the Wisconsin DNR:

  • Carry safety equipment with you on board, including a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each passenger, a fire extinguisher, emergency supplies, and a floating pouch containing a cell phone, map, flares, and a first aid kit.
  • Register your boat and take a boater safety class.  The four leading causes of tragic watercraft crashes are operator inexperience, inattention, recklessness, and speeding.  These can be avoided by taking a safety class and having a responsible boat operator.
  • Be aware of the weather and tell someone where you are going.  Always take a radio with you so you can be notified of impending severe weather.  If the weather takes a turn for the worse, get off the water as soon as possible.  Make sure you always inform a friend or family member where you are going and when you plan to return, in case something unfortunate should happen.

Keep the fun in Memorial Day weekend by being responsible and staying safe.  Visit the DNR’s Web site for more boating safety information and contact us to learn more about our Wisconsin watercraft insurance policy options.

-Sam

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