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Summer Boating Safety
LAKE GEORGE -- If you're planning on taking the boat out this summer, here's some helpful safety reminders:
-Take a boat safety class
-Use life jackets properly
-Understand the weather
-Use common sense
-Always have a mate
In New York, adults do not need safety certifications to operate a boat. However, if they would like to drive a wave runner or jet ski, a certification is required. A safety certification is also required for ages 10-18. You must be 14-years-old to drive a wave runner or jet-ski.
In order to get a boating safety certificate, you must be 10-years-old, and take a course. The certificate is good for life.
The master list of publicly offered NY safe boating courses can be found by clicking here. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary and U.S. Power Squadron also offer boating safety courses.
The U.S. Coast Guard requires the following for every vessel:
•-A personal flotation device for each person on board. (Personal-flotation-device laws for children vary by state.)
•-A sound-producing device, such as a bell, horn or whistle.
•-At least one approved fire extinguisher on board.
•-Approved visual distress signals.
It is also important to know the weather forecast and comply with all navigation aids, speed limits and exclusion zones.
"Always be aware of the wake you create. Enter anchoring or marina areas at a slow speed, and remember 'red, right, returning,' when entering a harbor, keep red navigational aids (buoys, day marks, lights) on your right when passing them,"' says President of Yankee Marina, Andrew Brodie.
Brodie also says one of the most common causes of accidents, casualties and fatalities on the water is because of alcohol. A BWI is just as bad, if not worse than a DWI. The limit you're allowed to have is the same as if you were driving a car. If you are over the limit, and a coast guard pulls you over, you could lose your boating license, your drivers license, pay hefty fines, and possibly serve jail time.
"When you are drinking in the sun, the side affects are worse, and you may not even notice it. Drinking impairs not only the way you drive, but the way you react. You can't swim as well, or handle emergency situations the proper way. It's just not the smart or right thing to do," adds Brodie.
If you are interested in renting or purchasing a boat this summer, and you are looking for more information, you can check out Yankee Marina's website by clicking here.