I know, I know. We've told you atleast twice in the past two months to boat responsibly. But here we go again.
You can never be too safe, and that's why we're coming to you again for a third time to give you some boating safety tips:
So you don't have to wear a life jacket if you're over the age of 13, but it's really smart to. So we'd reccommend it. And if you're not going to do that (which, let's face it, you probably wont) then atleast keep it somewhere it's easy to get to so you don't have to search if things get desperate.
Have a plan for if things don't go as planned. For example, if a storm unexpectedly comes, keep some contact information handy for help. Or if someone falls overboard without a jacket on, make sure the floatation device is somewhere you know where to find it (and use it). If you have a zombie attack prepardness guide as well, that can probably only help.
Make sure you keep your cell phone fully charged and in a waterproof (preferably floating) case. This will be very important if you forget the cooler at home and need someone to bring it to you. It will also help if you'd like to order a pizza for when you get back to shore.
If there will be drinking, you must have a designated driver. And this person must know how to drive a boat. (This may come as a shock to you, but I assure you, this is not fake news).
Learn CPR. If someone nearly drowns or starts choking on an altoid, this skill could come in handy. It will also help on land, so that's an added bonus.
I know houseboats are notoriously fast, but just be aware of your direction and speed and surroundings at all times. Especially if there are other boats around. Or lurking lake monsters.
Make sure you have a fire extinguisher on board in case things get literally "lit."
And just have fun. That's the idea, right?
Happy Labor Day!