5 Tips for Safe Boating


Whether you’re heading out for a peaceful day of solitary fishing or loading your closest friends on your pontoon to enjoy warmer waters before autumn chills the air, boating safety is a top priority. Boating incidents can happen any time; but a little preparation before your trip, and keeping Sea Tow’s safe boating tips in mind, can help ensure everyone has fun and returns to shore safely.

Photo by City of Lafayette Aquatics

Wear a life jacket. Life jackets save lives, but only if you wear them. New options such as inflatable belt packs and vests make life jackets cool and comfortable. Wear one at all times while on the water. Don’t forget that children under the age of 13 are required to wear life jackets by law.

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Photos: Nevada Department of Wildlife (top); City of Lafayette Aquatics (above)

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.