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Boating During COVID-19

How to Stay Safe Boating During COVID-19

Boating During COVID-19

Boating During COVID-19

With new social distancing policies in place, many are turning to boating as a safe and fun activity to participate in during the pandemic. Getting out on the water can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and relax this summer. However, this activity still carries great risk if not carried out responsibly.

Is It Safe To Boat During COVID-19 Pandemic?

Boating is safe as long as social distancing is carried out. Due to the already isolated nature of boating, this is very doable with a few minor adjustments. Here are a few tips to boat in line with CDC guidelines:

  1. Passengers on your boat must only be people you share a home with, ideally family members.
  2. While doing land activities such as docking, make sure that you maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and others nearby.
  3. Boat-to-boat proximity is just as important as person-to-person proximity. This means that you should avoid parking on a beach with another boat, or “rafting up” with another boat.
  4. Keep safety materials on you at all times. This includes face coverings, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant. Having these materials will ensure that you are always prepared in the event that your boat comes into contact with someone else.

Finding The Right Place To Boat

Access to recreational boating services are gradually being phased in. However, the U.S. Coast Guard suggests that you check with your State or local authorities before beginning your boat ride. Here are some useful resources you can use to ensure that your next trip will be accessible:

  1. CDC's guidelines for Parks and Recreational Facilities 
  2. Discover Boating's Public Water Access Guide Tool
  3. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: State By State Closures

Other Risks Associated With Boating

Aside from pandemic-related dangers, boating has some inherent risks that are important to be aware of in order to stay safe. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that behaviors such as exceeding the speed limit, failing to equip the boat with safety gear, ignoring weather conditions, boating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and not having a lookout contribute toward these common boating accidents:

  1. Running out of gas
  2. Running aground
  3. Falling overboard
  4. Sinking
  5. Catching Fire
  6. Breaking Down

The best way to avoid these accidents is to avoid the previously listed risky behaviors. By staying aware of the risks and how to exercise caution, you can feel comfortable in your ability to have a safe and fun boating experience this summer.

Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Were you or someone you know injured in a boating accident? These accidents can often be just as dangerous as land accidents involving cars or trucks, often resulting in serious injury. It is important to contact a personal injury lawyer in a timely manner if you wish to protect your rights. During your free consultation, we will review your case and explain the process we can take to obtain a fair settlement. Call today or request your free consultation on our home page.

Alexander D. Napolin, Esq.