Boating Safety
09/13/2005
Before September ushers in the fall, many Texans will enjoy the last days of summer on the lake. But, before you go out to enjoy the last hurrah on the lake, it may be a good idea to enroll the entire family in a boater education course.

Nearly 85 percent of all boating fatality victims were not wearing a life jacket, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). In addition, about two-thirds of these deaths were drowning victims because they could not swim.

For a fun and memorable time on the water, make safety your number one goal.

The TPWD offers the following boating safety tips:
  • Always wear a life jacket.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Be especially careful on personal watercrafts.
  • Children younger than age 13 must wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  • Enroll in a boater education class.
  • Don’t overload your boat.
  • Operate at a safe speed.
  • Always have a passenger serve as a lookout in addition to the operator.
  • Watch out for low water areas or submerged objects.

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