It is a good idea for New Yorkers who enjoy boating to learn a few safety tips to remain safe on the water.

With the approach of summer, more and more New Yorkers will head out in their boats to enjoy the weather. Boating can most certainly be an enjoyable activity, but it is not without its dangers. Before setting out on the water, be sure you stock a few solid safety tips to better keep accidents and injuries at bay and enjoy your time with friends and family.

Check your boat before heading out on the water

No matter how near or far your boating trip will take you, it is essential that you give your boat a thorough once-over to make sure it is ready for the water, just as you would your car before a long road trip. Specifically, the engine should be in great condition, and you should have all the equipment necessary to navigate and operate your vessel.

Have enough life jackets

Everyone riding in the boat should be outfitted with a life jacket that not only fits, but is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Life jackets have come a long way, meaning they are more stylish and comfortable than older designs. In addition to life jackets, your boat should also have a fully stocked first aid kit in case someone is injured during the ride. You never know how far away a hospital might be while you are out on the water.

Teach kids how to remain safe

While small children will undoubtedly be excited to be out in a boat, they need to understand how to be safe while on the water. Teach little sailors they should not run or jump around while on a boat, and that they should pay especially close attention when a grownup is talking to them so they do not miss important information. Because kids are more vulnerable to cold temperatures out on the water, pack a few extra blankets and layers to wrap them up in should they catch a chill.

Take it easy on the alcohol

Just like it is a bad idea to drink and drive, the same applies to drinking and boating. Having a few beers is perfectly fine, but it is best that the person steering the boat not indulge too much. For that reason, it is a good idea to have at least two people who know how to steer a boat, one of whom should remain sober to act as the designated captain.

It is nearly impossible to not have a good time on the open water in New York, but sometimes accidents can happen. Should anything occur that might involve legal action, sitting down to speak with an attorney could offer you reassurance and help you decide what to do next.