9 Endorsed Boating Safety Tips for Rentals

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9 Endorsed Boating Safety Tips for Rentals

Boating is a fun pastime for Florida residents, but it is important to practice the best of boating safety tips which have been consolidated here.  It’s always a great idea to keep these 9 boating safety rules at the top of mind for all people on board. In addition, the captain must at least take and pass the boating safety course in Florida.

  1.  Use Boating Safety Common Sense

It may seem obvious, but it is important to use common sense when you’re out on the boat, using rental gear and equipment.   Steer clear of large watercraft and always stay alert. Be mindful and respectful of buoys and any other navigational aids that have been put in place for your own safety.

  1.  Learn How to Operate a Boat Safely

Both experienced and beginner boaters should be knowledgeable about basic security rules and operation of the boat.   Courses and online classes at local community colleges can be found.

  1.  Check the Marine Weather

It is a fantastic idea to check the forecast before you head out, while there’s no way to know for sure exactly what the weather will be like.  Take precautions when there’s a possibility of rain, and make sure you’re prepared. If clouds begin to darken, winds become tough, or you notice a fast drop in temperature, it’s far better to play it safe and quickly get off of the water.

  1.  Create and Follow a Boating Safety Checklist

Create a pre-departure checklist and go through it before you set off on your boat rental.  Doing this will ensure that everybody is prepared for any possibilities before you’re out on the water, and that you have all the necessary gear.

  1.  Designate More Than One

It is always a good idea to have multiple people on board who have a boating license, who took and passed the boat safety course.  If the captain become incapacitated in any way, the assistant captain can ensure that the boat is working properly and can guide the boat occupants until you return to the dock. 

A boating safety course is free through Rockon, by clicking on the following link here. You can make as many attempts as you need, and this will provide a temporary boating license. No minimum age required.

boating safety course

  1.  Make Sure Everyone Has Life Jackets

Many drowning deaths occur simply because boaters forgot to wear a life jacket. Before you head out, ensure that everyone on the boat, yourself included, is wearing a life jacket.

  1.  Create a Safety Float Plan

The float plan includes all the present signal and communication equipment aboard the vessel. It also includes boat registration information and model information. However, it’s important that you add the names and phone numbers of all passengers and the captain, as well as where you’re going and how long you’ll be gone.

Be sure to share your float plan before you depart.  This could be done by a staff member at the marina or a family member.

  1.  Operate Responsibly

Alcohol not only impairs your ability to drive a car, but your ability to drive a ship, too.  Be safe, and save for when you return to shore, the alcohol and have a place. When drivers and passengers are drinking, the risk of getting into a boating accident doubles.  The effects of alcohol can be exacerbated when out in the sun.

  1.  Learn How to Swim

If you are going to be in or on the water, if should go without saying that you ought to understand how to swim.  Classes are available from the American Red Cross.

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EXAMPLE: ATV HAS COLLISION AND THE WHEEL GETS BENT AND PLASTICS ARE BROKEN. THE REPLACEMENT COST WOULD BE CLOSE TO $550. WITH A DAMAGE WAIVER PURCHASED, THE ONLY CHARGES ARE THE $150 DEPOSIT. THIS WILL SAVE $400 JUST IN PARTS. 

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We will notify you of the estimate and then charge the credit card used for your deposit unless other payment is arranged. If your credit card does not have enough funds to pay the the replacement cost, you must pay in cash or wire transfer WITHIN 24 HOURS OF RECEIPT OF ESTIMATE.

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