Before You Go On Your Boat: Safety Tips You Must Always Follow

Here at Thunder on the Gulf, we care very much about the safety of boaters and mariners everywhere. We wanted to give you a few safety tips to keep in mind before you ship out. Always remember that your safety is paramount above all else.

So if you want to take your boat out or to rent out a boat, here are a few safety tips to remember:

Check the Weather

No matter how placid or seemingly safe a body of water is, that can easily change with bad weather or even strong winds. This is why it is always important to consult weather channels and sites to determine if today would be a good day to head out on your boat.

If the advisory says that bad weather is ahead—even if it doesn’t really look it—we hope that you follow the advisory anyway. It is better that you lose a single day out on the water than to lose your life entirely, right?

Tell Someone Your Location

If you are going to go out on your boat, it is important that someone knows about it. It can be a loved one or a friend; it could even be the staff at the boating association that you are part of. This is important in case of freak bad weather.

If someone knows that you are out in the water, they will know right away what sort of help you’ll need in case they cannot contact you.

Always have Safety Gear

Safety is always of utmost importance. No matter how much experience you’ve had over the water or behind the wheel of a powerboat, it is always good to wear safety gear. Do not let luxurious shots on Instagram or glamour shots on magazines fool you. No matter what, it is always important to have safety gear—especially if children are in the picture.

What other safety tips do you know of? Let us know!