Friday, May 13, 2016

6 Safety Tips for Tubing on the Lake of the Ozarks

Cruising the lake in one of our Lake of the Ozarks boat rentals is plenty of fun on its own, but there are many awesome activities that you can try while you have the boat out on the water. One of these is tubing. It's not hard to learn, and it's exciting for people of every age. 


The best way to keep this activity fun is to make sure you know and follow the rules and safety precautions surrounding the water sport. BomBay Boat Rental Company has a few tips to make sure that you stay safe while having the time of your life. 


ALWAYS wear a life jacket.

This is the number one rule for safety when you are on any body of water. The Lake of the Ozarks has a lot of boating traffic on it in the summer. There is always a good chance of getting bounced off of the tube and separated from the boat. The PDF will keep you safely above water until you can be picked up. 


Know the equipment.

Double and triple check that the equipment you are using is in good shape. BomBay Boat Rental Company makes sure our watercraft are always in tip-top shape, but the tube is your responsibility. Know the manufacturer's recommendations for the tube you are using regarding capacity and safe speeds. Make sure that the tow line is secure before you take off. Replace it if it appears worn or frayed. 

Know the rules.

Get familiar with the water safety regulations for the area that you are in. You can find out about all of Missouri's boating laws at www.boat-ed.com.  


Know each rider's skill level. 

Be fully aware of the expertise of each person riding the tube. It's fun to go fast, make sharp turns, and make the experience into a true thrill ride, but if the person riding is too young or inexperienced to handle it, accidents will happen. 


Have a designated spotter.

At least one designated person should keep watch over the people on the tube at all times to alert the driver of any problems. The captain needs to keep their eyes and minds on driving the boat. 

Watch your surroundings.

Never take off until you are positive that the rider is ready. They should have a firm grip on the line, be in position to ride, and the line should be safely positioned. Keep a close eye on everyone else in the water around your area, both other boats and people in the water. Slow the boat when you cross a wake. Tubes hitting and bouncing off of wakes at high speeds have been known to cause back injuries.  


A fun day on the water can turn into a tragedy quickly if you don't follow safety precautions. Our Lake of the Ozarks Boat Rental Company wants you to enjoy your time on the lake and have fond memories of it. An awesome day out there means we will be seeing you back at BomBay Boat Rental Company many times this season, as well as in the years to come. 


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