Safe boating is just like safe driving. You have a responsibility to ensure that you protect yourself, your passengers and others on the waterway.
Knowing the common risks on the water could help you to ensure your safety while sailing. The U.S. Coast Guard notes that many of these triggers are completely preventable, but they are also things you should watch out for when boating.
A collision between two vessels can be serious. Even if it seems rather minor, it is important to get to shore and check things out. A small crack or hole can quickly become something of a concern if you do not immediately address it. In more serious cases, you are looking at injuries and damage comparable to a crash in an automobile.
Another boat spilling fuel into the water could be an issue for you. A small spark could lead to a huge fire. You should always be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Pay attention if your nose alerts you that something is not right.
Sometimes, it is not someone else who ends up causing an accident. There are a couple of situations where you may cause the issue. The common situations include running out of gas and ending up stranded and grounding your vessel, which can bring on a host of issues, including sinking.
Many times, you can avoid serious injury or loss of life in perilous situations on the water by being prepared. You should always have safety gear on board and ensure your safety devices and systems work properly.