Boating is a great way to entertain and experience the adrenaline rush of adventure. In addition to recreational purposes, operating a boat may be a critical part of your job and career.
Regardless of your purpose for operating a boat, practicing mindfulness can help you operate your boat responsibly and avoid the repercussions of a preventable accident.
Just like with cars on the road, you have to watch out for other boats when you are out on the water. Someone on your vessel should actively look for potential hazards and communicate concerns to the captain in a direct and timely manner.
You can prevent distraction by establishing expectations before you go out on the water. For example, plan to rotate the duty of watching between the people on your vessel every 30 minutes. Encourage those in charge to remain alert and aware. Boating Magazine reminds boaters that even when anchored, maintaining a lookout is paramount to everyone’s safety. Even a momentary distraction can put your vessel in harm’s way.
Reckless behavior or carelessness can create dangerous circumstances for everyone on board your vessel. Such behaviors may include the following:
- Operating your boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Speeding in no-wake zones or around other boats
- Ignoring safety measures such as having enough life jackets on board for your passengers
- Embarking on a trip during inclement weather
If you notice other boaters acting negligently, report them to the authorities before their behavior endangers anyone else. If you observe responsible boating practices, you can protect your property and the people on board your vessel.