Responsible Driving: Boating and Tubing Safety

Boating is a great way to spend time with loved ones and enjoy the warm weather out on the water. However, as a boater, you’re inherently responsible for everyone’s safety on board, and for the waterways you navigate. As the person liable for damages, no matter who’s driving your vessel at the time of an incident, responsible driving can prevent boating and tubing accidents and keep water goers safe. As we explore how to accomplish this, ensure you are protected with a Marina Liability Insurance policy.

According to Boating Education, you are responsible for the safety of your passengers and tubers. Point out the following information prior to departure to minimize accidents:

  • The right boarding practices for tubers.
  • What to do should the tube become separated from the boat.
  • How to navigate busy waters.
  • The need for all passengers to wear a Personal Flotation Device, especially during times of high vessel traffic, severe weather, or any other dangerous boating conditions.
  • Laws about reckless operation, required equipment, and proper waste disposal.
  • Safety procedures should someone fall overboard and how to contact emergency help.

Prior to departure, check the following:

  • Ensure the ropes are in good working condition and not frayed.
  • The passengers and tubers are experienced and know what to expect.
  • Check that the weather is safe for tubing.
  • The boat’s battery is fully charged.
  • There are enough life jackets on board for each passenger, regardless of experience.

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