Headed out on the water this summer in Florida? This can be an exciting adventure for people of all ages. It can also be quite dangerous if you don’t follow some basic safety tips to prevent an accident and injuries. Today, we offer important watercraft safety tips so you can enjoy every adventure on the water in Gulf Breeze.

Life jackets are required by the Coast Guard for every single person who is on your vessel. If you are on a Jet Ski or WaveRunner, you are required to wear a life jacket while the vessel is in motion.

It’s important to monitor the weather before heading out for an adventure on the water. You don’t want to get caught on the lake, river or out in the ocean during heavy rain, high winds and lightning.

Have a first aid kit on your vessel for minor injuries. The first aid kit should be shown to all who board the vessel, so they can access it in an emergency. Another important item to have on your boat is a fire extinguisher.

Never go out on your vessel alone. If something were to happen to you that knocked you unconscious, there would be no way of calling for help. When someone is with you, they will be able to call for a mayday.

Do everything possible to avoid alcohol. Don’t even let your passengers have alcohol on your vessel. Drinking in the sun can cause you to get drunk quicker and it can impair your judgment as the operator of the boat. It is against the law to operate a watercraft under the influence.

Being involved in a watercraft accident is frightening. If they are serious enough, you could be thrown from the vessel and into the water. This reason alone is why you should have a life jacket for every person on the vessel.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, you do have rights. John W. Merting is an experienced attorney who can help you seek compensation from the at-fault party to cover your medical expenses and lost wages, as well as other compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress and more.