Water Safety Month comes every year in May.  With the start of Summer right around the corner its time to start thinking about FUN IN THE SUN!

We want all of our families and friends to be sure they are practicing smart water safety.  Let your family enjoy the entire Summer on the water! Here are some helpful tips to keep you in the sun all Summer long!

image of a father and Daughter enjoying the water

Father & Daughter enjoying the water

 Always wear a life jacket!

Whether you’re on a boat or a personal water craft you should always have – and wear – a personal flotation device. Young children should always wear life jackets anytime they are in or around water. This is the first line of defense against drownings and is of the utmost importance. Make sure that life jacket fits snugly but comfortably and cannot slip above the chin or ears when tugged on at the shoulders.

Pay Attention to the Weather

Summer weather can change quickly. Severe weather can come in quickly and escalate rapidly. Pay attention to the weather forecasts and the skies. You don’t want to get caught on the lake or out in the open when the weather goes from sunny to stormy.

Always wear sunscreen! The reflection off the water amplifies the sun’s intensity so protect yourself from harmful UV rays.

Drinking and Boating Don’t Mix

A cool beverage can be quite refreshing during a hot Summer day but don’t drink and drive a boat. Drinking can impair your judgement and slow your reflexes making it harder for you to steer, swim and assist those around you. If you want to have a cool beverage do it from the safety of the shoreline.

In Wisconsin, you will get a traffic citation for drunk driving if you are operating a vehicle under the influence – even a boat or PWC.

Keep Your Speed Down and Pay Attention

The lakes and waterways can get very busy in the Summer months. Keep a look out for other boats, swimmers, tubers, and skiers. Maintain a reasonable speed and always practice defensive driving – if you aren’t sure what the other guy is doing, stay clear. Keep an eye out for fellow boats and swimmers in distress who may need your help.

Use the Buddy System

Bring a buddy with – its more fun and safer! Even experienced water-users and swimmers can get put in a dangerous situation and need help.  Make National Water Safety Month a great experience for you.

Found this article helpful?  Call Jerry at 920-493-4404 or Email Jerry@wisconsinpws.com for more information.  Also go to “NEWS” on any page of our website for a complete list of articles meant to keep you informed on the latest product information and maintenance issues.