3 tips for any boater
What to do when a summer thunderstorm strikes
Recreational boaters and paddlers understand that late afternoon thunderstorms are common during the summer boating season. Here are three safety tips for any mariner or angler facing a powerful summer thunderstorm:
- Don’t let your guard down. Sometimes during the summer boaters are lulled into a sense that calm seas will prevail, but you should always be prepared. Make sure you have life jackets (and have them on), a handheld VHF radio and a Personal Locator Beacon.
- Don’t leave the boat. If caught out on open water and unable to seek cover, stay with your vessel, even if it’s overturned. Staying with an overturned boat gives rescuers a larger target to find.
- Watch your weight. Small craft are most prone to overloading. “Kayaks weighted with a lot of gear can lose buoyancy,” says BoatUS Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner. “No matter what kind of boat, know your vessel’s capacity rating.”