Friday, May 28, 2010
Boating and booze--stupid, stupid, stupid
You know who they are—you see them walking down the dock with two cases of beer, headed for a day on the water.
Arizona is in a desert, but has many lakes and the country’s worst boating fatality record—mostly due to our old friend, alcohol.
Operating a boat while impaired can get you in as much trouble as a car.
But our state does not require you to take a safety course—does yours?
Sometimes you can take these online.
Children under 12 must wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket.
Know the boating laws in your state. (Yes, there are boating laws.)
Check the weather…even a lake can get dicey.
Have electronic devices—cells, beacons, personal locators,
AND DON'T PARTY and operate the boat.
Have a designated captain.
Also—out here they warn to be careful of swimming under pontoon boats where carbon monoxide can collect and deep-six ya. You can be dead before you even feel sick or confused.