With the weather warming up, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office issuing reminders about boater safety

Tips offered to help people have good experiences on the water

Image from the Sheriff's Office's YouTube page.
Image from the Sheriff’s Office’s YouTube page.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents and visitors to obey all laws while on the water during Spring Break. The office also has issued a press release offering tips to improve safety on the water:

  • Check safety/rescue equipment: This includes batteries, fire extinguishers, on-board electronics (VHF radios) and navigation lights.
  • Take life jackets: Make sure you have personal flotation devices (PFDs) for all who will be aboard, and make sure each child wears a U.S. Coast Guard-approved, properly fitting life jacket at all times.
  • Watch the signs: Know how to read the red and green channel markers and watch for “Slow” and “No Wake” signs. These apply to all vessels.
  • Permits and licensing: Make sure you have up-to-date fishing permits and registrations for your vessel. Know size requirements and what fish are in season.
  • Alcohol and boating do not mix: Consuming alcoholic beverages in excess will affect perception, reaction time and decision-making. “Don’t drink and boat!” the release says.
  • File a “float plan”: If you will be on the water for an extended period of time, let family members or friends know about your plans and stay in touch with someone on shore. Download a float plan from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office website. Under “Crime Prevention,” select “Safety Information” and “Boating Safety.”

Visit SCSO’s YouTube page to learn more about boating safety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHZ23nHl-OU.