There’s nothing more fun than hitting the water in a boat with your family and friends, whether you own your own vessel or know the right people! Still, many of us know that things can go wrong on the water and just like how you can’t wait for first responders to arrive on land, you can’t always wait for the Coast Guard to show up either. Yes, they’ll eventually arrive, but how many minutes could tick by until they do?
That’s why it’s crucial that we share a few hidden rules of boating safety that you may not be aware of. First, we’ll assume a few basics:
1) You’re going to check weather conditions before you sail off
2) You’ll operate the boat at safe speeds at all times
3) You have life jackets for every single person, including children under 16 years old, who should be wearing the jackets on the water.
With that out of the way, let’s get into the risks and dangers that people don’t always see and rarely plan for.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
You’re miles from the shore when one of your passengers collapses. They’re not responding to any voices or taps on their feet/shoulders. It’s a case of what is likely Sudden Cardiac Arrest and if they’re going to be saved, that save has got to be here and now within the next 10 minutes. Having an AED from SOS Technologies on your boat at all times – with fully functioning pads and batteries – ensures that they’ve got a chance of resuscitation.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
In certain large boats with a constantly running gas-powered engine, carbon monoxide may pose a threat to people who sit near the rear swim deck. Odorless and colorless, carbon monoxide can poison one of your passengers in a matter of minutes. How? As a boat travels at slower speeds, carbon monoxide can accumulate in areas such as the cabin and cockpit if exhaust outlets are blocked. You can also get this accumulation of carbon monoxide from a nearby boat, so keep a safe distance from that vessel.
If you notice that one of your passengers is acting unusual in the form of being dizzy, weak, nauseous, vomiting, experiencing chest pain or losing consciousness, carbon monoxide may be the culprit. Open your windows, hatches and ports for greater ventilation and fresh air throughout the vessel while you call the Coast Guard.
To help alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide, take a closer look at this Carbon Monoxide Monitor from SOS Technologies that will keep you and the rest of your passengers fully aware of this silent and deadly danger.
Some of the kids dive off the side of the boat and something is definitely wrong with one of them. He’s gasping for air, waving his arms around wildly and looking absolutely panicked. By the time an adult has reached him and brought him back into the boat, he’s unconscious. At that moment, the one question you don’t want to be asking is, “Does anyone know CPR?”
Being able to administer CPR means everything for potentially bringing a drowning victim back because if nobody has taken the proper CPR training, that victim’s life might be in jeopardy. A CPR training course from SOS Technologies takes only a few hours and in no time, you’ll be equipped to save a life out on the water with what you’ve learned.
Who Else Knows Your Float Plan?
If you take off out on the water without anyone knowing where you’re headed and how long you’ll be gone, you’re making it that much harder on someone to come for aid. So before you start up any engines or set sail, share a float plan with the local marina or a family member. The float plan will have all the information involving you and your fellow passengers’ contact information, your itinerary and type of communication equipment. This can go a long way toward taking the guesswork out of a rescue. So make it a non-negotiable step of boating safety you take with every trip.
You’ve probably got an extensive safety checklist of items to store on your vessel prior to each trip, so here are three that should be added and replenished regularly: 1) An AED, 2) First aid supplies and 3) Training and if necessary, re-training on CPR.
Good thing there’s only one place you need to head to get all of them to cover you on boating safety: SOS Technologies.
We’ve been supplying boaters with safety equipment and training for years so each emergency on the water has a better outcome. Think about it: Do you want to risk lacking the proper equipment and training if something happens to a friend or family member and you’re miles from shore? Don’t chance it. Move with the purpose and confidence that comes from working on boating safety with our team at SOS Technologies. Call us today at 888.705.6100.