Florida Boating: Know Your Stuff!
The Sunshine State is always the best place to lounge around the sand and swim in the natural blue waters. Most days are considered sunny even when the forecast state it’s not. You can find an hour or two to go out and enjoy the ocean blue. See that this is mostly the case, many boaters will most likely go out and enjoy their time scaling the ocean for a perfect spot to get away from the land and become one with the water. Unfortunately, some statistics show that Floria has a high number of boating accidents, but with the right precautions, it can be decreased!
Florida is known to be a persons’ paradise. It is even better for boaters since the water is perfect almost year round. Across the state, there are about 900,000 registered vessels, which is why captains have to take good care of their boats. In 2014, Florida was at the top of the list for the most boating fatalities with 70 recorded during the year. Usually, the average amount of boating accidents is 650, but in 2013 it decreased to 581 in Florida alone. To make the ocean safer for boaters here are a few tips!
Sober driving: Just like on the road, DO NOT BE INTOXICATED BEHIND THE WHEEL! Don’t be surprised when we say that this is the number one cause of a boating accident. Believe it or not, this was the cause of 30 accidents — some regarding a couple of deaths of a loved one.
Be alert at all times: Just because it’s an open ocean doesn’t mean you’re on the waters alone. People might be canoeing, kayaking and other motorboats might be speeding on by. Keep your party and yourself safe by knowing when and how to avoid a collision.
Take a boaters safety course: When in doubt, there are courses online that can be a step. It will teach a future or present boater the safety rules, regulations and tips on how to control your vessel on the ocean floor while keeping your boat and the people safe. You would have to pay a fee, but when you pass you may have eligibility to receive a permanent certification. Then you’re an official captain.
Let’s face it, no one wants to get into an accident. So time to put on some life jackets and follow the safety tips to keep paradise, a paradise.