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Jet Ski Safety Tips

By on Jan 30, 2017 in Boating Laws | 0 comments

We go the water to have some fun and escape from the real world, where there are responsibilities we should think about. Getting injured while on vacation is probably one of the worst things that could happen to you, as your time for recreation and unwinding becomes a time for medical bills. In a sense, we still have responsibilities even when we are on vacation, and one of those responsibilities is making sure that we are doing safe practices in operating our personal watercraft, like jet skis. Always wear the appropriate gear Accidents may happen whether it is your fault or not, and your first line of defense when they do happen is your protective gear, such as your helmet and lifejacket. Your helmet can protect you against head injuries that you can get from crashing your head into hard surfaces and getting hit by flying debris. Your lifejacket can be the very thing that saves you from drowning. Be aware of other people Though it is true that the sea offers a wide space, it does not mean that you are safe from personal watercraft traffic. Be mindful of the other watercraft around you, such as boats and other jet skis, and other people that you may not notice, such as swimmers and divers. Not being aware of the position of others can potentially lead to collisions and injuries. Don’t drink and ride Alcohol, drugs, and other substances that may cause impairment are very dangerous even on watercraft operation. They limit your body coordination, comprehension skills, and sensory and motor functions. Losing at least one of these things can lead to accidents. Look out for obstructions Obstructions can be natural or artificial. Natural obstructions include rocks and corals, while artificial obstructions include buoys and watercraft. You can injure yourself because of the collision force and debris, eject yourself from your jet ski and drown, or both. Check the weather conditions Sometimes, safe jet ski riding is not about the manner you operate your jet ski, but about the weather and how it affects the water. You should give attention to winds and high waves, as they have the capability to eject you or roll you and your jet...

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The Dangers of Boating Under the Influence (BUI)

By on Jul 19, 2016 in Boating Laws | 0 comments

Roads and highways are not the only places where alcohol puts people in danger. Accidents occurring on waters, though with much lesser results of injuries and deaths, are also major concerns for authorities, specifically to the U.S. Coast Guard. Water accidents involve not only big ships and cruise liners which meet tragic accidents in international seas; many more occur near shores, in rivers or inside territorial waters and these involve yachts, motor boats, sailboats, kayaks, canoes, and other water vessels, including those used for sporting activities, like jet skis. Alcohol, sad to say, is the leading cause of fatal boating accidents. Boating while impaired or boating under the influence (BUI), according to the Boating Safety Resource Center, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division’s official website, is just as deadly as drunk-driving. Drinking, as a matter of fact, will impair a boat operator even faster than a car driver and that 1/3 of all recreational boating accidents are due to alcohol impairment. Because of the dangers brought about by BUI, those who violate US laws regarding this will suffer jail terms, huge fines and revocation of operator privileges. The federal BUI law enforced by the United States Coast Guard applies to all types of boats, including the largest ships, rowboats and canoes; it also includes foreign vessels sailing through US territories and US ships on the high seas. The threatening effects of alcohol when it is consumed while on sea include: Deterioration of judgment and cognitive abilities, rendering wise assessment of situations, processing of information and making good choices, much harder; Impairment in physical control, resulting in failure to make timely reaction to dangers, lack of coordination and problem in balance; Decrease in peripheral or night vision and depth perception, difficulty in identifying colors, especially green and red; and, Failure to pull self out of the cold water, causing hypothermia and death. Drinking alcohol or liquor, while on sea, can affect a boat operator’s balance, coordination, vision and judgment, much faster than when alcohol is consumed on land. This is due to the overall marine environment, where the boat’s operator and passengers experience the sun, wind, sea water mist or spray, engine noise, vibration and motion. Thus, due to...

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