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Boating Safety Tips 101

Boating and summer go hand-in-hand but safety also needs to be followed. Here are some quick basic tips from the U.S. Coast Guard to follow when you head out to Dana Point.

(Editor's Note: This information is provided by the U.S. Coast Guard.)

Boating can be a fun way to enjoy the summer, especially in

However, the U.S. Coast Guard reports that 750 people died and 3,000 were injured in last year.

And with Pacific waters and the harbor so close, Dana Point is a great summer getaway, but there are some safety tips you might want to follow if you go boating.

The U.S. Coast Guard Suggests:

The Coast Guard offers these important safety tips and reminders:

  • Keep a first-aid kit, flares and a Coast Guard-approved fire extinguisher onboard.
  • Make sure children under 13 wear
  • Only allow experienced drivers to operate the boat.
  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  • Avoid boating in extreme weather and bring a radio to monitor weather conditions.
  • Make sure passengers keep their feet and legs inside the boat at all times.

Boaters also should establish a “hazard zone” that includes all areas of the boat, plus the water 30 feet around it. The Coast Guard recommends that passengers – especially children – avoid being in the water in this area unless the operator has turned off the boat and removed the keys.

For more information, and a list of links to where you can take classes visit: uscgboating.org/links/safety_links.aspx

Jay Helms July 26, 2012 at 09:24 PM
And be sure to always file a float plan before you hit the water. The easiest way to do this is with The Float Plan app for iPhone: www.thefloatplanapp.com

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