Using a watercraft during the hot summer months can be both refreshing and entertaining. Additionally, spending time on the water is a great way to increase time with your family or loved ones! You’d think that getting in and out of the boat would be the simple aspect of boating, but there are a few important safety measures to keep in mind when using docks to enter and exit your watercraft.
First and foremost, make sure that each person, especially children, has a properly fitting PFD (Personal Floatation Device) while walking along docks. Not surprisingly, docks are often wet from the water and waves surrounding them. It may take a moment to acclimate to your “sea legs”, meaning that falls are especially easy. Children should wear an appropriate PFD at all times on docks and be carefully watched at all times. It only takes a second for children to fall and slip under water.
Along with PFDs, it is important to ensure that you and all members of your boating party are wearing non-slip shoes. This can provide another level of protection from wet and slippery docks. Good shoes will also keep you from tripping over your own flip-flops!
Lastly, an important safety tip when using docks is to avoid swimming or playing around the docks. Watercraft come in and out of docks frequently, and drivers are usually focused on maneuvering the boat safely next to the dock rather than looking out for swimmers. When it comes to using docks, following these safety tips can ensure that you and your boating party have an enjoyable and safe water outing!
For quality docks in Lake Norman NC, contact us at Renegar Construction. Our 15 years of experience combined with our passion for delivering quality service makes us the perfect company to handle your next project!