Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

June 1, 2012

Three Safety Tips to Safely Get You Through Spring Fishing and Boating

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:38 am

ANNAPOLIS, Md.- In many parts of the country, people are asking when did winter end and spring begin? Anglers and boaters are taking advantage of the unusually warm weather, but some may be forgetting that cold waters still lurk beneath the keel. Here’s three easy safety tips from BoatUS.com/foundation that will help you get safely through the spring fishing and boating season.

(1) Don’t allow the warm weather to let your guard down: The air temperatures may be downright balmy, but deceptively cold waters increase the risk of hypothermia even on a “T-shirt” day. Also remember there are fewer boats out on the water that could come to your aid. (2) Bring extra layers or change of clothes and rain gear this time of year.

(3) Plan on how to get back in the boat: If you accidentally went overboard, do you have a way to get back aboard? You may be surprised how hard this can be – especially if you are alone or haven’t prepared for it. It could be as simple as having a rope with looped foot holds affixed to a cleat that can easily be grabbed from the water.

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