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Social Distancing Adds Additional Steps to Boating Safety Guidelines

Date Posted: 2020-05-18
Source: Spectrum News

Just in time for a nice, calm stretch of weather, this week is National Safe Boating Week. 

What You Need To Know

  • Week beginning May 17 marks National Safe Boating Week
  • Social distancing measures have added extra steps to boating safety recommendations
  • Recreational boaters urged to limit occupancy to members of household
  • Social distancing at marinas, fuel docks recommended

 

The U.S. Coast Guard, along with other government agencies, is promoting safe boating, which includes wearing a life jacket.

LINK: Boating and Social Distancing Tips for National Safe Boating Week

The presence of coronavirus is forcing boaters to navigate unchartered waters. The National Safe Boating Council recommends boaters follow local heath guidance for outdoor recreation. It also asks you to limit the number of people aboard your boat to members of your household.

LINK: Tips for Navigating Social Distancing + Boating

Also, maintain a safe distance at the fuel dock or when loading up at the marina. Go right from your home to your boat and back in order to avoid unnecessary contact.

LINK: Boating Safety Tips

Of course, always wear a life jacket, never boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol and travel at safe speeds.

LINK: Recreational Boating Safety Facts

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