Boating is a fast-growing sport. Each year, more young skippers pilot their craft on fresh-water lakes and rivers and inlets at the ocean’s edge.
Boating Activities You Can Try
Swimming – People swim from all types of boats. But prior to swimming, the boat must be moored to a pier or perhaps lying at anchor. Do not forget to stop the motor. It must have a boarding ladder placed at either side so swimmers can climb back into it.
Fishing – This is the most popular activity for most boaters. Most fishing from small boats is done with light poles and lines and small reels. Stop it and cast out the bait into the water. As for deep-sea fishing, this entails big boats and heavy fishing tackle. A boat with a piloting platform at the top is often used to fish for large fishes such as sailfish and marlin.
Camping – This is another great activity that owners can enjoy. Even a small boat can carry the tent, portable stove, sleeping bags, and supply of food that will make an enjoyable, satisfying trip.
Powerboat Racing – This is a specialized boating activity that often requires special boats and motors. Racing boats are classified based on size and motor type. Though racing will require expert boating skills, newbies can still join just to have fun. They can use their boats for nature studies, exploring, for photography and for just being on the water.
Some Safety Rules For Boating
- Learn to swim. If you cannot swim, you must wear a life jacket.
- Do not overload your boat.
- Do not go boating all by yourself.
- Do not sail during bad weather or when a storm is forecasted. Beginners must always stay close to shore.
- Sit quietly when boating. While aboard a boat, you must not scuffle. And when the water is rough or perhaps the boat is in deep water, avoid changing seats.
- Even if you are an excellent swimmer, do not attempt to swim ashore from an over-turned boat. You have to hold on to the boat and wait for help to arrive.
- To avoid slipping, wear rubber-soled shoes or sneakers. You should also wear a hat to protect yourself from the damaging rays of the sun.
- Always test for rocks, depths and weeds before diving off a boat into strange water.
- Be aware of the rules of boating because not knowing such means disaster.