Boat Safety…From Paddle Boat to Cabin Cruiser July 2/14

Summer is here in the Almaguin Highlands and with all the enjoyment the lakes and boating gives us we tend to forget the dangers.  Tragedy can strike “in an instant” and all the joy wiped away.  This past week end, on two area lakes, that is what happened and it prompted me to write about things we so often brush off as unnecessary or to much trouble .  Listed are some points that I myself have done in the paboat saftey 2st…I will definitely rethink how I enjoy any boat ride from now on, not only for my safety but for  others.

1) Life jackets…”I am a good swimmer just put them on the kids”  If you are knock out of a boat you mboat menay lose consciousness and your life, whether you are a good swimmer or not.

2) “I have good balance and can stand up easily in a small boat or canoe”  It may not only be your life you are dealing with but anyone else that may be in the small vessel when it capsizes.  boat large

3) This boat is huge no need to wear a life jacket or check safety equipment… what can happen?  Even when you are on a large vessel hitting an hidden obstacle at high speed can eject the passengers and cripple the boat.boat sail

4) It is just a paddle boat and we are sticking close to shore…this is one of the tragedies that happened in a local lake, the paddle boat paddleboat was hit by a personal water craft and 2 people were killed.boat kids

5)  ALWAYS keep an eye on children in any boat…children are carefree not careless. A young girl fell of the back of a boat this past week end and was severely injured by the propeller.

Boatboat seadooing can be exciting, invigorating, relaxing and just plain fun but please always remember to be respectful of other watercraft and keep a close eye on passengers.  Always wear a life jacket, be safe and be an example for others.  Remember “in an instant”

About Louisa Moffit

I have been a REALTOR® for the past 21 years and love the area and communities I work in. When showing property or taking listings I always travel with my four legged companions. My clients and I enjoy their company when walking through the forest viewing pristine vacant property which they are interested in purchasing. My dog’s antics through the snow is also a source of amusement to everyone. Getting serious however… viewing properties throughout the area can be a daunting task without the expertise of a real estate agent who knows the area well. That is why I am your “Go To” REALTOR® for Undiscovered Cottage Country – The Almaguin Highlands
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