If you’ve never been on a boat before, we highly recommend it. A boat is one of the most versatile instruments for fun you’ll find anywhere! No matter who you are or what you enjoy doing, chances are that there is at least one aspect of boating that you will love. For the more serene adventurers, you can take a relaxing cruise around the marina, enjoy some peaceful fishing, or enjoy a nice overnight stay on the water. If you’re more the heart-pumping-adrenaline-junkie type, there are still great options like water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and safely cruising the water at high speeds. Regardless of your preferred boating experience, Freedom Boat Club at Lake Hartwell can provide the right boat for the job.

 

But, boating is only fun when everyone is completely safe. That’s why in today’s blog here at Freedom Boat Club at Lake Hartwell, we go over some tips and advice to make sure you and all of your passengers stay safe this boating season. For more tips and for more unlimited boating fun, reach out to us today!

 

Be Prepared

Even if you weren’t a boy scout, it’s still crucial to make sure you, your boat, and your passengers are prepared. Making sure everyone and everything is ready to go can prevent any hiccups and make sure that everyone has the tools they need should a situation arise. We recommend creating a checklist — either mental or physical — to make sure you have everything you need for a safe and fun boating day. 

 

Required

Safety materials that are required by law include: 

 

  • A coastguard-approved life jacket for every passenger on board
  • Some sort of horn or whistle to help alert others
  • A fire extinguisher
  • One type four throwable flotation device
  • A distress signal that lasts a minimum of three days and nights

 

Your specific state may have different laws and requirements. Make sure you are familiar with the boating laws in your area and have all of the proper safety equipment you need. At Freedom Boat Club at Lake Hartwell, you can rest assured that every time you take one of our boats out, it will have everything you need and more to make sure you have a safe boating adventure. 

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Recommended

Now that some of the supplies required by law are out of the way, let’s talk about some fun stuff. When going for a fun day of boating, both safety and fun can be improved when you be sure to bring: 

 

  • Lots of sunscreen
  • Plenty of water
  • Plenty of snacks
  • Towels
  • Swimsuits
  • Tow straps for tubes, waterskiers, and wakeboarders

 

And, even though it’s not required, it can be handy to have things like:

 

  • A bucket
  • Rope
  • Duct tape
  • A first aid kit

 

Now, depending on the type of boating you plan on doing, you may not need everything listed above. But, it can be a great list to check your own checklist against to make sure you didn’t forget anything! 

 

 

Always Check the Weather

Most people do this even if they aren’t boating, but checking the weather is one of the easiest precautions you can take before you start boating. Most everyone has a smartphone and every smartphone ever either has a weather app built-in or has one available for download. So a day or two before you head out to the Marina, give the ol’ weather app a glance. If you see that there is supposed to be an enormous thunderstorm in your area in the afternoon, you can plan you boating accordingly. The last thing you want is to be caught far away from land in a small vessel during a raging storm. Not only is it scary, but it can also be very dangerous. People can fall overboard, supplies can fall overboard, and in extreme situations, boats can even sink. So, make sure you keep you and your family safe and sound by making sure you know what weather you can expect on your boating days! 

 

Are there clear skies ahead and your ready to hit the water? Reach out to us at Freedom Boat Club at Lake Hartwell and join our boating club today!

Make Sure Everyone Knows the Rules

Rules may not sound like your idea of fun, but they are incredibly important for keeping everyone on the boat and other boats on the water safe. After all, it’s much easier to have fun when no one is getting hurt. For boat captains, make sure you are up to date on your boater’s safety courses. If it’s been a while, it never hurts to brush up on the rules and regulations. It’s worth mentioning that as a perk of being a Freedom Boat Club at Lake Hartwell member, you have access to unlimited boating education courses. That way if you ever need a refresher course, you always have great resources available to you.

 

 

It’s also important for you to set ground rules for any guests or family members you have joining you on the boat. This is especially true when you have children on board. Setting the proper expectations for people who may be unfamiliar with boats can help avoid problems or unsafe situations down the road. 

 

Set ground rules for guests. Experienced docking and departure

Everyone Wears a Life Jacket

The U.S. Coast Guard mandates that everyone under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket at all times. The Coast Guard also states that there must be a life jacket available for every person on the boat, even if they aren’t choosing to wear one. Even though people over the age of 13 are not required to wear lifejackets, at Freedom Boat Club at Lake Hartwell, we highly recommend everybody wear one. You get used to wearing one very quickly and even if you are a Michael Phelps caliber swimmer, lifejackets can save your life. You can get disoriented when you fall into the water at speeds or in some cases may even lose consciousness. It’s incredibly difficult to swim when you are unconscious. So, wear your lifejacket whenever you are out boating and you won’t have to worry!

Freedom Boat Club

At Freedom Boat Club at Lake Hartwell, our boat club allows you unlimited access to a wide variety of boats, whenever you want! After you’ve joined the boat club, simply make your reservation and show up to the dock during that time — that’s it! We take care of the rest. Here at Freedom Boat Club, our goal is to provide you and your family a fun and safe boating experience that you’ll remember for years to come. We hope today’s post helps you and your family boat safe and sound this season. If you aren’t already a member of Freedom Boat Club, reach out to us today and become a part of the world’s largest boat club.