Latest Posts



Tags Cloud

Boating Safety Tips

What better time to take your boat out than during the summer? Whether you're doing a little fishing or simply enjoying a summer afternoon out on the water, going for a boat ride can be an incredibly fun experience. However, like any other activity involving a vehicle, safety should be your first priority. If you are injured while out boating through no fault of your own, then you should speak with a Las Vegas injury attorney. The following are a few important boating safety tips you should follow:

  • Take a boating course - You should take at least one boating safety course to make sure you are properly prepared in case of an emergency.
  • Learn to swim - If you don't know how to swim, consider a swimming class in case you have to jump into the water or if you fall. It’s important to always wear a life jacket while on a boat.
  • Check the weather - Don't make the mistake of assuming because you're in Las Vegas, the weather should be fine. Remember, July and August is considered monsoon season. The last thing you want to do is get caught out on the lake in the middle of a storm. If you notice dark storm clouds heading your way, don't hesitate to go back to shore right away.
  • Check your boat - You should go over a pre-launch checklist before you take your boat out - even if you've taken the boat out already that day. The following are the things to check:
    • Make sure there aren't any fluid leaks or an excess of water in the hatch and fuel systems.
    • Make sure all of your on-board communication devices are in working order.
    • Make sure all the lights are working properly.
    • Review your emergency procedures and check to make sure your fire extinguishers and flotation devices are where they should be.
  • Write up a float plan - A float plan needs to be written and given to a family member, friend or staff member at a local marina before you head out. The float plan should include where you're going, how long you'll be gone for, the name and phone numbers of everyone on board, the boat type and registration information, the type of communication you have on board and your trip itinerary.
  • Avoid alcohol - If you are operating the boat, you should avoid consuming any alcohol. Operating a boat is like operating any other vehicle - it becomes much more dangerous under the influence of alcohol.

Be sure to take every precaution when it comes to boat safety. If you are injured while boating, and it's due to the negligence of a third party or potentially due to the faulty operation of your boat, then you should speak with a Las Vegas injury attorney. Schedule an appointment with GGRM at 702-388-4476 today, and speak with a reputable Las Vegas injury attorney.