Having Fun With Friends

Do you remember the last time you had a great time spending the afternoon with family and friends outdoors? If you are like most people, you might think things like boating and playing kickball are fun--but only if you are fit and coordinated enough to participate fully. I struggled with having an enjoyable experience with recreation and sports, that is until I started concentrating on getting better at outdoors activities. Check out this blog for all kinds of advice on improving your ability to play outside with the people that you love. You never know, improving your kickball game might also help you to live a longer, healthier life.

Fishing Boat Safety Tips

Recreation & Sports Blog

Fishing is an enjoyable and usually relaxing pursuit, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared. This is especially true if you prefer fishing from a boat. A center console boat is the preferred rig for many freshwater fisherman, and knowing how to fish from one safely is a must.

#1: Always wear a flotation device

It can be tempting to forgo a flotation device on a center console boat simply because it seems so stable, especially when compared to other crafts like small outboards and personal pontoons. Accidents still happen, though. If you just can't bring yourself to wear a full vest, then invest in a speed inflating model. These feature two small strips that inflate instantly with the pull of a cord. They are more expensive than traditional vests, but not as bulky.

#2: Use the buddy system

Generally, it's not the best idea to fish on your own. A minor emergency can become life threatening if you are the only on on the boat. If you insist upon fishing alone, take a few extra precautions. First, make sure someone knows your plan and when to expect you back. Use a radio for communication on the boat, and keep a handheld receiver on your person at all times. This way, if you go overboard you can still radio for help. Some solo fisherman also wear boat leashes. These keep them attached to the boat in the event they go overboard, which makes it easier to swim back to their craft.

#3: Always perform a safety check

Before leaving the dock, give your boat a thorough inspection. Verify that it starts up easily and is stocked with sufficient fuel. Make sure there are enough life vests for everyone going out. Your boat will need working safety lights, particularly if you prefer to go out at dawn or dusk. Also, check that the first aid kit is fully stocked. You also need to know how to use it. On a boat, your main concerns will likely be minor first aid, such as removing a fishing hook that gets stuck in a hand. You should also know what to do in the event someone goes over and become hypothermic, especially if you tend to fish in colder waters. Having extra blankets and towels in a dry bag is a good idea.

Talk to a boat dealer for more help in choosing a boat with the safety features you need for your fishing style. Companies like Boater's Landing can help.


4 October 2017