Discover boating

If you're a boating enthusiast, you need to learn a lot about boating, there are discover boating programs that focus on increasing participation and creating interest in recreational boating; like when you have to prepare before you sat behind the wheel of a car, you need to learn a lot more than turning on the engine.

It's the same before you take the helm, it's important to learn the basics of boat operation and safety, the benefits, affordability and accessibility of the boating lifestyle in order to enjoy the great experience of being on the water in a boat.

If you're planning to buy a boat and you're a new or potential boater, you need to research boat information to know which boat to choose and how to buy a boat and at the same time explore the extensive boating information and links to resources about boating education and safe boating instruction.

Boating is an entertaining activity that has something for everyone, whether if you want to sit back and relax, or sail, or fishing, or ski; these kinds of experiences help people that frequently practice them to improve their life quality and enjoy of the pastime with family and friends.

Boating safety

One of the most important information that a novice or experience boater must have to discover boating is regarding to safety on the boat. You should share this knowledge especially with your family or people that accompany in the boat before the departure.

  • Check local weather before departure from a reliable source, so you can dress adequately, or if the weather includes dark clouds, changing winds, or drops in temperature, you can decide if going anyway or wait till there's a favorable weather.
  • If you have kids or people with special needs on your boat, it's important to have a pre-departure checklist to have in the boat everything that 's required for those people so you won't forget anything.
  • Ensure you're boating safely, with the safe speed especially in crowded areas and following courtesy navigation rules.
  • Make sure that you're not the only person with knowledge in all aspects of the boat, it's important to designate an assistant in case the boater gets injured.
  • Make sure that every person on your boat has and is wearing a lifejacket.
  • As when you're going to drive, alcohol is the enemy for boating also, because risks for accidents increase till the double or more when alcohol is involved.
  • If you're a beginner, taking a boating course could be helpful.
  • If you want to spend time boating by yourself, with no company, it's important to tell someone where you're going and how long you'll be away.
  • On personal watercraft it's important to take the time to learn how to operate the vessel and the rules of the waterway.
  • There are many people that exclude their pets when they take a family trip on a boat, you don't have to do it, there are some tips you can consider to make the trip as enjoyable as possible for all family including your pet.
    • Your dog should wear also a life jacket (PFD) while boating, remember that although most dogs can swim, because it's not for sure that yours can or is a great swimmer.
    • Take with you fresh water for your pet, it's better if you conserve it on a bottle because with the movements of the boat your dog's bowl is not the best option.
    • Care your pet from the sun and heat.
    • Try to make your dog practice in similar activities before the trip, you shouldn't assume that your dog is going to enjoy boating from the first time.