5 Safety Items to Lower Your Risk of a Boating Accident

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

boating accident attorneysThere is nothing like experiencing and exploring the outdoors. Boating, for instance, is not only a great way to discover and learn about oceanic life, but it is also enjoyable to do with family and friends. But, while boating can certainly be fun and a great way to set your mind at ease, sometimes accidents occur.

Boat collisions happen on a daily basis, but there are ways to help prevent them. Our boating accident attorneys want you to be fully informed about some safety items to bring along on your next sailing. Whether you decide to travel a short distance or venture on a long sea-faring journey, below are 5 essential safety items that can keep you prepared in case the unexpected occurs.

  1. First Aid Kit- While it is exciting to travel through the waters, and take a break from land, having a proper first aid kit to help in the event of an illness or injury is vital to your trip. Before boarding your boat, be sure to bring along a first aid kit that consists of items such as sea-sickness medication, bandages, gauze, sun screen, lip balm, and ibuprofen. Also be sure to include any medications you may currently be taking for an existing condition so that in the event you may not be able to return to shore right away, you’ll have your necessary medicine.
  1. Extra Clothing- As you are sailing through water, it is expected that your clothing may get wet. The water may become choppy and splash over into your vessel, or someone may accidently fall overboard. Packing an extra pair of clothing ensures you don’t spend the day in damp clothes, or worse, fall victim to hypothermia. When selecting what type of clothing to pack, consider the weather you will be sailing in, and the conditions that are expected that day. Cold or hot, rain or sunshine, having extra clothes on board can help you avoid a serious illness.
  1. Water and Non-Perishable Foods– As you know, when out in the open seas, your food selection is quite slim – unless you plan on fishing and cooking your meal right on the spot. It’s not like you can just cruise on over to your local supermarket. Plus, if you get stuck in inclement weather, you might be out of food for quite a while. To avoid being left without any source of nourishment, bring along canned goods or other types of food items that will not spoil if left unrefrigerated. In the event you get lost at sea, your trip runs longer than expected, or you cannot find a dock to stop at to grab a bite to eat, you’ll have enough rations to keep you going until you reach the shore. Also, because dehydration can occur quickly during long boating trips, be sure to bring an ample supply of bottled water for everybody traveling on your vessel.
  1. Life Jacket– Life jackets are a must for all boaters. Before heading out to sea, make sure that everyone in your party is outfitted with a life jacket. In the event of a boating accident, especially one that causes injuries, wearing a life jacket will do just what its name suggests, save a life.
  1. GPS– As an added precaution, bringing a GPS on your boating adventure could save you and those you are traveling with. Even the most avid of boaters can find themselves lost at sea. Plus, if ocean currents and winds are especially rough, you might inadvertently make an unexpected turn into unfamiliar waters. Having a GPS can help you get back on track and ensure you return to land safely.

With these 5 simple safety items, you are sure to be prepared for any sudden occurrences, mishaps, and accidents while boating.