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 Boat-ed.com 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.
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 FloatPlanCentral.org.
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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