Wear a life jacket: Make sure everyone on board wears a properly fitted life jacket. In case of an emergency, it can save lives.

Check the weather forecast: Before heading out, check the weather forecast. Avoid going in stormy or rough weather conditions.

Inspect your boat: Regularly inspect your boat for any signs of damage or wear. Ensure that all safety equipment, such as navigation lights, horns and fire extinguishers, are in good working condition.

File a float plan: Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Provide them with a detailed itinerary, including your route and expected return time.

Stay alert and sober: Avoid alcohol and drugs while operating a boat. Stay focused on your surroundings and be aware of other boaters, swimmers, and obstacles in the water.

Follow navigation rules: Familiarize yourself with navigation rules and regulations for the area where you’ll be boating. Pay attention to markers and buoys, and know the right of way.

Use proper lighting: Make sure your boat has the required navigation lights for nighttime boating. Always carry a flashlight with extra batteries onboard.

Keep a safe distance: Maintain a safe distance from other boats, swimmers, and fixed objects like docks and buoys.

Learn basic first aid: Be prepared for emergencies by knowing basic first aid techniques and having a well-stocked first aid kit onboard.

Educate yourself: Take a boating safety course to learn about boating laws, regulations, and best practices. Continuous education can help you become a safer and more responsible boater.

Remember, safety should always be a top priority when enjoying time on the water.