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Water Sport Safety

With nice weather comes perfect temperatures to go out in the ocean or on the lake and participate in some water sports. Activities such as wakeboarding, tubing, water skiing, and jet skiing can be a lot of fun, but there are also several safety concerns. Here are a few tips to help keep you safe while you enjoy your favorite water sports.

  1. It is very important to remember to have the proper safety gear, especially life jackets. Everyone should be wearing one at all times, even if they are a good swimmer. Injuries sustained during these activities can cause someone to lose consciousness, which would mean that they are not able to swim, creating a drowning hazard.
  2. Proper clothing and footwear for each activity should be worn as well, which can vary based on the intensity or type of water sport you are participating in. Also, be sure to obey carrying capacities and weight regulations. They are there for a reason.
  3. While having fun, it is easy to get carried away. All areas of water have speed limits that should be observed for your own, and other people’s, safety. Excessive speed can cause ropes to snap, or create a hazardous environment for those around you. People could potentially get hit, and it is also important to look out for other people that are speeding and steer clear. Different areas also have different regulations regarding licensing and boater safety courses, so be sure to double-check that before going out on the water.
  4. Remember to stretch to increase range of motion and reduce the risk of muscle strains and other injuries.
  5. Stay hydrated! Your muscles work best when they are properly hydrated, so this simple step can help prevent injury.

Once all of the appropriate safety precautions are taken, get out on the water and have some fun!