Wednesday, July 1, 2015

7 Safety Tips For This 4th of July Weekend

It's a holiday weekend at the Lake (YAY!)  This is an exciting place to live most of the time, especially in the Summer, but holidays seem to amp everything up an extra level. We expect our Lake of the Ozarks boat rentals to be very popular over the holiday.  The lake is expected to be much more full of traffic than other weekends, and it is very important to take precautions to keep yourself and your passengers safe when you are out there on a boat or jet ski.  

Learn the rules of the water

Driving a boat is not like driving a car.  There are no streets to follow or signals to direct traffic, so you need to keep a close eye on what everyone around you is doing.  There is an excellent video on showing key things that you should know.  You can also get your boater certification through their website, plus more videos on important boating subjects.  

Wear a life jacket

It's the law that you have enough life jackets for every person on board. Statistics note that 9 out of 10 drownings could have been prevented with a life jacket.  Even if you are a good swimmer, many scenarios are possible where you may not be able to help yourself in the event of a crash of accidental fall overboard.  It's always better to be safe than sorry.  

Maintain a safe speed and distance from other boats

Boats do not have breaks.  If you are cruising too close to other boats, you may not be able to stop or turn quickly enough to avoid a collision.  The same goes for speed.  Driving too fast makes it very difficult to slow down quickly enough if you are in the same path as another boater.

Don't drink and boat

Alcohol combined with boating is extremely dangerous.  It is illegal for the driver of the boat to drink at all. Passengers may, but drinking too much can make the boat a dangerous place.  You may not be thinking clearly, causing you to forget safety rules.  It is can be very easy for a drunken passenger to fall overboard.   

Know the weather forecast

Even if it's gorgeous when you head away from the dock, bad weather can sneak up on you if you aren't prepared.  Check the weather forecast before starting out for the day to be aware of what is expected.  You might also want to keep an occasional eye on it while you are out in case of changes. 

Create a float plan

A float plan lets someone that is not on the boat with you know what to do if you do not return or check-in when expected.  When renting a boat, you have the staff at BomBay Rental Company aware of when you should be returning, but if you go out on your own, it is wise to take care of this simple detail.  You can download a form to fill out at

Use common sense

Hopefully this is a normal thing for you in everyday life.  If it seems dangerous, don't do it.  If you are unsure of anything, ask for help.  The staff at BomBay Boat Rental will have answers to all of your questions, or find out the answer if we are not sure.  Your safety is very important to us, and we will do everything in our power to ensure it.  

Everyone here at the best watercraft rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks wants to make sure that you stay safe while you are out on the water having an incredible holiday weekend  We would love to get you into one of our tritoons, ski boats, or jet ski rentals and get you out on the lake.  Have an excellent 4th of July holiday, and stay safe out there.  



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