In Missouri, the rainy season and boating season happen to coincide. This can be a problem, especially if you are out on the water and get caught in a storm. Do you know how to handle the situation? The best watercraft dealership at the Lake of the Ozarks is here with some boating safety tips, so you don’t get caught off guard when you’re out on the water.
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Is there a Storm Coming?
Regardless of the season, it is a good idea to watch for storms. Sudden wind shifts, lightning flashes and choppy water all can mean there is a storm on the horizon. If bad weather is approaching, get off the water early to avoid long waits at the boat docks.
Boating Safety Tips
Always Check the Weather – Before heading out on the water, always check the weather. Although sometimes it isn’t correct, it is still a good idea to make sure there aren’t any storms on the horizon.
Bring a Radio – Bring a radio and keep it tuned to either the National Weather Station or a radio station that announces the weather. This will help you know if there is a storm coming.
Stay with the Boat – If you capsize, stay with the boat. Swimming exposes your body to more cold water, which can lead to the onset of hypothermia. It is also easier for rescuers to spot a boat than a person.
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Wear a Life Jacket – This one has been said time and time again. Although you may have life jackets on board, do you wear them? If you are in sudden danger, you may not have time to pass out the life jackets and put get them on.
Have a Sober Driver – Just like with a car, do not operate a boat while under the influence. A boat driver that has been drinking will have a harder time navigating the boat through rough water.
Check the Lights – It is a good idea to check the lights before the boat leave the dock and carry extra batteries. Not only will it help navigating at night. If it gets dark due to an oncoming storm, other boaters will be able to see you better.
Keep an Emergency Kit – It is always a good idea to keep an emergency kit on board. Make sure the kit is in a dry bag or floating pouch. Some things to keep in there are a cell phone, maps, flares and a first aid kit.
Tell Someone About Your Trip – It is a good idea to tell somewhere where you are going and when you will be back before taking off.
Stay Safe with Surdyke Yamaha
Your safety is our number one concern at Surdyke Yamaha. You ride on our reputation when you purchase a watercraft from the best dealership at the Lake of the Ozarks. Surdyke Yamaha is here for all your boating needs. If you need life jackets or other boating accessories, stop by our store in Osage Beach today or visit us online at www.SurdykeYamaha.com.
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5863 Osage Beach Parkway 1660 Yamaha Drive 5395 Spruce Lane
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