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  1. Always check the weather before going out.
  2. Log where you are going to be and when you are expected to return.
  3. All individuals should have a flotation device. Even though I am a very good swimmer, if I am on a large lake, I am wearing a flotation device. You can purchase a very comfortable vest which will not only keep you warm, but will also keep you afloat in case your boat capsizes.
  4. A waterproof bag with an extra change of clothes is imperative, as well as waterproof matches. Survive Outdoors promotes REI.com and their weatherproof and storm-proof matches, which are excellent.
  5. A survival kit is key. Please go to the getting lost and getting found section on the web site and you will find all the basic necessities that we promote for keeping in your medical kit.
  6. If your boat should capsize, STAY WITH YOUR BOAT. That is crucial. I don’t care how young you are. Hypothermia can quickly set in. It does not matter how good of a swimmer you are. Duck hunters have been lost trying to swim back to help the other hunters and have died due to hypothermia.
  7. Many states require a safety whistle to be on all boats, even if it is a non-motorized boat. Please see our merchandise in the Survive Outdoors store, where we promote one of the loudest marine whistles available.
  8. If you have an electric or gas motor, it is the law in a majority of states to have a fire extinguisher on board.
  9. Lastly, always have appropriate lights on your boat, for before sunrise and at sunset.

If you heed these safety rules, your boating experience will be more enjoyable and safer.




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