National Safe Boating Week: Tips Before Going Out On The Water

This week kicks off National Safe Boating Week and it lands right before the unofficial start to summer. 

There are a lot of things to think about before heading out onto the water this season.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources suggests always telling someone when and where you are going out.

It’s important to make sure all of your equipment is in working order and that you’re aware of your surroundings.

Every person must have a personal flotation device on board at all times.

"Our officers are encountering a lot of people with no sort of flotation devise whatsoever,” says DNR Conservation officer, Lt. John Jurcich. “It is required legally and we do issue tickets for that. They think it’s a nice day in the summer and the water is shallow and nothing’s going to happen, but statistics are baring that over eighty percent of our canoe fatalities are because of a lack of a life jacket and nearly fifty percent of our kayak fatalities also no life jacket.”

For more tips and information on boating regulations, click here

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