Safety in Boating and Watersports

Safety in Boating and Water Sports: Must-Learn Tips

For adventure seekers, Bermuda offers the most thrilling water activities in the Caribbean. From banana boat to Jet Ski, snorkeling and diving, this island is probably one of the top destinations for water sports. While the adrenaline can give you quite a rush and excitement, safety is still a must.

Everyone who participates in water sports of any kind should know the basic rules of safety. Follow these guidelines to ensure your safety and your family’s, while in or on the water.

Learn how to swim

If you want to fully enjoy water sports, you need to learn how to swim. Best if you take swimming lessons first and learn the basics if you don’t know how to especially for children.

Children should be supervised at all times

If you’re planning to bring your kids, make sure to keep an eye on them at all times. Children can be fearless when it comes to being in the water. Young children have a higher risk of drowning, so never leave children alone near or in the water.

Wear life jacket

Even if you’re a great swimmer, always wear a life jacket especially if you’re on a boat. Statistics reveal that more than half of boating-related deaths in recent years were due to drowning, which could have been avoided if passengers were to wear a life jacket. Make sure that the life jacket fits perfectly and is coast guard approved.

Don’t go diving alone

Going alone can be quite dangerous. Make sure you have someone with you at all times when you are in or on the water. It doesn’t matter whether you are swimming or boating or fishing; never risk getting out alone in the water.

Lastly, make sure you tell people where you are going. Complete the information on your float plan and give it to someone staying on shore. Things can go wrong when you are out on the water. Whether it is physical or mechanical issue, you need to be proactive and plan your activity. In the event you do not return as scheduled, this information can help in locating you and providing assistance if needed.

Ken Dallas