Safety tips and precautions, laws and regulations, and equipment for boating safety.
Every summer, many people are injured or even killed because they fail to follow proper boating safety tips. If you are a new boater, you should be sure to take a boating course, and you should read your boat manual carefully. Check the requirements in your state in case there are specific laws regarding owning and operating boats.
1. Always wear a life jacket. Have enough life jackets for everyone in the boat.
2. Always keep small children in their life jackets. It can only take a second for a small child to disappear overboard when someone's back is turned. 3. Instruct all the people who ride in the boat with you about proper safety techniques.
4. Once on the lake, observe posted speed limits, and right-of-way marker buoys.
5. Drive defensively. Don't cut in front of others.
6. Show courtesy to other boaters.
7. If you are going boating alone, be sure to tell someone what lake you will be on, and what time you will return.
8. Have an easily accessible fire extinguisher available in case of a fire.
9. Don't drink and drive.
10. Obey all lake rules, such as no-wake zones.
11. Make sure you have a tow rope on board in case your boat breaks down. That way, if another boater comes along, he or she can tow you back to the boat dock.
12. Have emergency devices such as a flare gun and an air horn on board.
13. Most people these days have cell phones for emergencies, so don't forget to bring yours along. Be sure to put it somewhere safe in the boat, though. You don't want it to fall overboard.
14. Have your keys on a floating keychain in case you accidentally drop them into the water. You should remember to store all your valuables in a safe place, because, again, you don't want them to fall into the water.
15. When driving, watch for waterskiers, tubers, and jet skiers. A lot of times, jet skiers zoom all over the lake and they can cut right in front of you before you know it. In addition, jet skis (and tubes) can carry more than one person, often children, and they may not understand all the rules of the road, especially since parents let their young children drive jet skis (even if they are not supposed to).
16. After unloading your boat into the water, be sure you tie it securely to the dock. You do not want to come back from parking your trailer to find that your boat has drifted out into the lake.
17. When loading your boat, be careful when putting your boat onto the trailer. Make sure all latches and tow ropes are properly secured before pulling the trailer out of the water.
18. After loading the boat onto the trailer and pulling it out of the water, make sure that all unsecured items such as trash, fishing poles, and tackle boxes are secured. You do not want to be driving down the road and have something fly out of the back of your boat into following traffic.
19. Be sure to check the boat trailer lights and tires before setting out on the road.
20. Carry a paddle in the boat in case of an engine breakdown. Sometimes you might want to carry more than one paddle. It is not unknown for paddles to break.
21. You might also want to carry a spare battery in case the regular battery fails for some reason.
22. Before leaving the dock, make sure you have enough gas in the gas tank, and that all engine fluids have been properly maintained.
23. Wear sunscreen.
Easy Golf Shoe Buying Tips to Save Money and Find the Perfect Fitting Golf Shoe? Golfing shoes are really not that much different then any other shoe. The number one most important thing when selecting any type of shoes is that it fits comfortable and it is a style and feel you like. If you are out shopping for golfing shoes and trying to select the perfect one for the first and foremost thing you must decide is do the shoes fit well and do you like them.
Get Rid Of The Old In the past golf shoes were made with small metal spikes in the soles that help with traction. However, today most golf courses no longer allow these types of shoes on the course and you will not be able to play golf with them. So if you have old golf shoes like these then it is time to throw them in the trash and upgrade. Also if you think you have found a great bargain on a pair of golf shoes at a local yard sale or other place makes sure they are not metal spike shoes. The modern golf shoes have a hard plastic spike on them that is much easier on the grass of the golf course.
Brand Name Or No Name Many people go with a brand name they might know or feel loyal to or even worse yet because their favorite golfer endorses a pair they purchase that show. However, more important then brand name, endorsements or anything else about the shoe is the fit. Even though you might like a particular brand if you can not wear it comfortably then it is not going to work for you. Your game is not going to improve because it is endorsed by Tiger Woods.
On Sale Or Good Price Don't pick a shoe just because it is on sale or has a really great markdown that makes you feel like you are getting a good deal. Again if the shoe is not comfortable and you can not wear it properly then you are not saving any money by purchasing it on sale. So regardless of the price or discount on a particular model make sure that you try it on in the store and give it a complete test to make sure it is comfortable before purchasing.
This axiom is true for any purchase that you make you must really know yourself. For example do you only play golf once every few months? If so be realistic and do not spend top dollar for a professional line shoe. Instead save some of your money and look at golfing as a fun hobby. However if you are seriously addicted to golfing as many of us are and you are out on the green a few days each week then you probably can not afford to try a bargain brand to save a few bucks. If this really is you then go ahead and spend the extra money and buy a top of the line shoe. This really goes for any sports equipment purchase that you might make.
If you are in the market to buy a new pair of shoes make sure you are honest with yourself and truly assess your needs and then decide how much you will spend for a shoe accordingly. When you actually get to the shop try on as many pairs as you can and really gie them a good trial test and see if the are comfortable. Don't become persuaded by salesmen, advertisements, endorsements and other sources that want to sway your decision. Instead find what is comfortable and fits your price range.
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