Summer Boating Safety Tips

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Summer Fun & Safety in the Sun.

Stay Safe on the Water this Summer with Top Tips & a Convenient Checklist!

As the South Carolina boating season begins, it’s easy to get caught up in the warm sun, good company, and fun waves and forget the necessary precautions for safe season. It's always important to remember the safety measures every responsible boater should follow.

There is nothing more important to us than your safety. Please read our top boating safety tips and utilize our Pre-Departure Checklist below to make sure your passengers and vessel are ready, and feel free to contact us with any questions.


Pre-Departure: Stock Your Boat!

There are important precautions to take before you head out on the open water. Make sure your boat and passengers are ready before you leave the dock. Download our Pre-Departure Checklist below to make sure your boat is ready-to-go this season.

Print a Pre-Departure Checklist


Top Five Summer Boating Tips:

Ray Clepper Boating wants you to stay safe on the water this summer. Utilize our top five safety tips below for a memorable, safe season of boating fun.

Watch the Weather

Always check the local weather before heading out. If dark clouds, high winds, or sudden drops in temperature are scheduled to roll in, make the decision to hold off on your boating activities.

Prep Pre-Departure Checklist

Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist: Be prepared for every scenario on the water. Utilize a Pre-Departure Checklist (downloadable above) to make sure your passengers and vessel are complete equipped to hit the water. Various checklist items including carrying the correct amount of personal flotation devices, spare tools, and distress signals.

Sail at Safe Speeds

We recommend you always operation your boat at the correct, safe speeds and stay alert during the duration of your ride. Steer clear of large vessels, other watercrafts, and buoys which are placed there for your own safety.

Don't Forget your Lifejackets

Always make sure each passenger is fitted with a correctly-sized lifejacket prior to departure, as most drowning victims are the result of boaters not wearing lifejackets. Even if you or a loved one know how to swim well, lifejackets are simple, yet crucial to make sure everyone stays safe in the roughest of waters.

Ditch the Drink

Avoid alcohol use when on the water - save the drinks for the dock. Focus on your ride and not on alcoholic beverages while on the water to avoid the chance of being involved in a boating accident, which is doubled when alcohol is part of a ride.

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