Florida Boating Safety Tips

Fishing is abundant in Florida lakes and rivers including Lake Kississmee, St. Johns River and Lake Manatee. You can find Bass, Catfish, Stripers and more. Even while fishing in lakes or rivers, it’s important to take precautions against injury, drowning, capsizing, fire etc. Some lakes are ocean level, but even if not, there are risks associated with boating.

Maintaining your boat’s safety equipment is key. Boating laws in Florida differ depending on the size of the boat, you should always keep the following on hand for safety equipment boats:

  • PDF (Personal Flotation Device) Every boat must carry PDF’s and every child under the age of 6 must wear a PDF while underway in boats under 26 feet.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Visual Distress Signal
  • Sound Producing Device
  • Backfire Flame Control
  • Ventilation
  • Anchor and Anchor Line

A de-watering device, such as a bilge pump in the event of flooding and a bucket for bailing should the bilge pump fail. Additionally, an oar, paddle or other alternative means of propulsion in case your engine fails according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Take a boater safety education class. This will provide you with the information you need to be a safe boater and can reduce the cost of your boat insurance. Follow simple safety rules such as no drinking and boating, filing a boat plan, maintaining the speed limits and preparing by checking the weather before going out on your boat.

Learn about the lakes and rivers close to you. Turn your boating time into a vacation and travel to a new boating spot. Stay a few days and spend more time fishing and getting to know the area by boat. Remember there’s also tubing, sun bathing and water skiing. Your friends will love you when you invite them along for a day on your boat for fun, relaxation, and a change of scenery.

Keep in mind that boat insurance will cover your boat, it’s equipment, emergency service and injuries. You’ll love being called “captain” when you know that you’re covered in case of an accident, storm, or loss.

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