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Boating Safety Tip of the Day
Wear a Life Jacket when Paddle Boarding

You think it’s cool not wearing a life jacket when paddle boarding? You say you can swim. OK, how long can you swim if no one sees you fall in and your board drifts away? You think again. Your attitude may get you killed.  Wear the life jacket.

Take steps be better prepared for your voyage.

Date: Oct. 22, 2012
Contact: D7 PADET CENTRAL
Office: (305) 965-4672

TAMPA, Fla. — The Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to numerous disabled boat distress calls in the area this weekend.

Coast Guard Watchstanders at Sector St. Petersburg received more than 10 distress calls from disabled boaters in need of assistance.

The Coast Guard would like to remind boaters of a few tips to keep safe on the water:

Being educated about could save a life. Most boating fatalities occur on boats where the operator had not completed a boating safety course. Courses cover many aspects of boating safety, from to reading the .

The Coast Guard urges boaters to obtain a free vessel safety check, which can be conducted by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. , are courtesy examinations of your vessel, verifying the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations.

Always wear a life jacket and be alert and aware while on the water.

Make sure a friend or relative knows your float plan. A float plan states where you are going and how many people are on board your vessel. It also gives a vessel description, details your destination and what time you expect to arrive there. If you are delayed for some reason, make sure you let someone know.

Make certain to check the local weather prior to departing the dock. Weather can change very rapidly and you should keep a watchful eye on the fore-casted conditions.

Have nautical charts of the area you are boating in, a and a reliable means of communication on board your vessel.

VHF-FM radio is the best method of communication while on the water. Although cell phones are a good backup, they can be unreliable due to gaps in coverage area and the inevitable dead battery.

Wear your life jacket. More than 90 percent of boaters who were not wearing their life jackets. In an emergency there might not be enough time to put one on, so wearing one at all times may save your life.

Making sure all equipment is in good working order, prior to leaving the dock ensures a safe trip.

For information on recreational boating safety information, click here.

 

(Ed Note: Be prepared!)

 

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