Boating is one of the most enjoyable recreational activities in El Paso County, especially during the summer. Nothing beats relaxing on the waters of Grand or Chatfield Lake, but boaters should always be weary. Boating accidents are a real possibility when operators ignore rules or act recklessly. If you plan on going boating, it is important to know how to respond to an accident or collision.
Boating is one of the summer’s most popular activities in Colorado – but a single boating accident can ruin the entire summer for you, your friends and your loved ones. Play it safe by practicing these top safety tips from the U.S. Coast Guard:
Memorial Day marks the official start of summer for many Colorado residents, and with summer comes the opportunity to engage in summer fun – including boating and swimming. If you’re planning on boating this summer, keep the following safety tips in mind to help you and your loved ones avoid accidents:
- Buy and wear life jackets. Personal flotation devices (PFDs) can help boaters and operators of personal watercraft survive an accident in which they are flung into the water, even if they are knocked unconscious or become otherwise incapable of keeping themselves afloat. Bring the proper life jackets for every member of your boating party and wear them – no matter how strong your swimming skills are.