a summer's guide to boating etiquette

This Summer's Guide to Boating Etiquette

This Summer's Guide to Boating Etiquette

As the warmer months approach, many of us are looking forward to spending time outdoors and enjoying all that summer has to offer. For many people, this means heading out to the lake or ocean for a day of boating fun. Whether you're an experienced boat owner or just getting started, it's important to brush up on your boating etiquette. In this blog post, we'll provide some tips on how to enjoy your time on the water while being considerate of others. Thanks for reading and happy boating!

Respect the ramp

Respect the ramp by taking the necessary steps to ensure easy launch and recovery of your boat. Prepare your boat and equipment before getting into position to launch, allowing for efficient use of the facility. Respect the other people who are waiting to access the ramp by removing all equipment from the area as quickly as possible, leaving plenty of space for them to park their vehicle and boat. With consideration for all, there should be an enjoyable experience had by all when using a shared facility such as this!

Own your wake

When big boats pass close, they can leave a big wake. While this big wave or wake may mean big fun for some boaters, it can be an obtrusive and unwelcome surprise to any swimmer, angler or shoreline owner in the boat's path. It is important for recreational boaters to remain courteous and respectful of the potential impacts of their wakes by avoiding creating big ones when possible. And if you must create a big wave, at least own up to it and offer an appropriate friendly greeting — like a big smile — toward the people you’ve just rocked!

Be mindful of your music

When you're out on the water in a boat, it's important to be mindful of your music. Sound is amplified over the water so while it might seem like music at a low volume may not disturb anyone, it can actually end up carrying quite far and disturbing other boaters. It's best to keep your music at a decent level and that way everyone can enjoy their own time on the lake without disruption from others.

Slow your roll

If you're out on the lake this summer, remember to take it slow! Speed limits and slow-no-wake restrictions are in place for a reason — to keep everyone safe. While speed can make for an exhilarating ride, going too fast can be dangerous and can lead to serious injury or even death. So know the speed limit before you get on the water, and stick to it; slow your roll and stay within the speed limit. Have fun out there, but always do it safely!

Know the rules of the road

Knowing the rules of the road, both in terms of automotive vehicles and vessels, is essential to ensure everyone's safety. Become familiar with your local road signs and markers, as well as the navigation rules for waterways. Failing to observe waterway regulations or obey speed limits can lead to serious damage or injury so it's best to read up on them and maintain a responsible attitude towards other drivers or boaters. It's all about using common sense and courtesy when driving or sailing, and being knowledgeable about the rules will help provide an enjoyable time out on the open roads or seas.

Be prepared

When preparing for a day on the water, safety should be your number one priority. Before heading out, it's important to review safety rules and check the local laws in order to ensure you're compliant. Life jackets are also necessary, and should be worn at all times when on the boat. It's also important to set a good example by avoiding any alcohol consumption prior to or during your boat ride. Following safety guidelines is essential for having a fun and safe day on the water!

Always have a spotter

It’s important to have someone watching when engaging in water sports. Whether you’re someone behind the boat wakeboarding or someone tubing, it is essential to have someone else keeping an eye out for potential dangers and obstacles. Having a spotter can make a huge difference, particularly when there are other boats nearby as well as any shore lines or docks. With someone giving directions and alerting tow operators of what’s ahead, everyone can stay safe knowing that someone has got their back. For anyone exploring the waters, having a spotter available is an invaluable precaution that should not be overlooked.

Stay alert

Out on the water, it’s important to remain watchful at all times. When driving a boat, look out for debris that could be lodged in the path of your vessel or even floating nearby. Additionally, watch out for swimmers and other boats; keep your boat a safe distance away from them if possible. And lastly, watch for any obstacles or hidden hazards like rocks as these can have serious consequences if ignored. Being alert is key when maneuvering on the water and exercise caution and patience while boating to ensure a safe journey.