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Six Quick Tips Regarding Boating Safety

Posted Jun 24th, 2019 in Media, General, Insurance Tips, Did You Know?, In the News, Boat Insurance

Is your boat ready for summer? If so, make sure you read our quick boating safety tips and thank us later!!!

Six Quick Tips Regarding Boating Safety, Youngs Insurance, Ontario

When it comes to keeping you/your family safe on the water this summer, there is a lot to consider. Before heading out on your first boating excursion of the summer, make sure you review our helpful safety tips.

Marine (boating) fatalities reached an eight-year high with 31 people dying in 2017, compared to 23 deaths in 2016. 42 of the victims could have survived if they were wearing/properly wearing a floatation device. (Source: OPP Website)

Six Quick Tips Boat Safety Tips

#1 Do an Inspection

Make sure the engine and all other equipment on your boat are in good working order this summer. You can refer to the owners’ manual or you can have an inspection completed by a marine mechanic. In addition, check out our Summer Boat Preparation Checklist, it will help you prepare your boat for summer fun!

#2 Assess the Weather

Summer weather in Ontario can be unpredictable, so make sure you’re prepared.  Check the forecast before heading out and be aware of the closest shelter in case a sudden summer storm hits.  If it looks like the weather is about to take a sudden turn, don’t hesitate to bring your boat back to shore.

#3 Be Prepared with Safety Equipment

There should be one life jacket for each person on your boat! If there is a child, make sure they have a child lifejacket. Also, make sure your radio works and that you have a fire extinguisher on board.

#4 Boat responsibly - Don’t Drink and Drive

Never drink alcohol while driving your boat – it is illegal and very dangerous. According to, “Even under normal conditions, the motion of the boat combined with sun and wind can dull your senses. Add alcohol and/or medication and things can get even worse clouding your judgment and slowing hand/eye coordination.”

#5 Know Your Boat’s Weight Restriction

This summer make sure you’re aware of your boat weight restrictions, as this may impact the number of passengers or equipment you can have. Also, weight should be evenly distributed so that the boat doesn’t become unstable.

#6 Follow Proper Fuel Safety Protocol

Make sure all engines or power supplies are off before fueling your boat. 

  • Never smoke while fueling up
  • Ensure there are no open flames nearby
  • Don’t overfill your tank and always clean up any gasoline spills

Stay safe on your boat this summer with these helpful tips.  For any questions about your boat insurance policy, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can ensure you are adequately insured.

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