Recreational boating is one of the most popular activities for the summer. A fun boat outing can turn tragic when boating safety precautions are not taken. The US Coast Guard reported 4,064 recreational boating accidents resulting in 2,678 injuries and 610 deaths in 2014. 

To ensure a safe and fun summer, Florida Peninsula would like you to keep these recreational boating safety tips in mind before you head out on the water. 

  • Stay weather wise. Check your local weather conditions before departing. If you notice dark clouds or changing winds, make your way back to the shore. 
  • Be an alert operator. If you are operating the boat, it is important to be familiar with the waters being navigated, and always keep your boat at a safe speed. 
  • Wear, and make proper use of lifejackets. Assign and fit each member onboard with a lifejacket prior to departure. 
  • Avoid alcohol use. The probability of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved. 
  • Have a float plan. Advise a family member, friend, or a marina staff member staying on shore of your trip itinerary. 

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