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Just because summer is a memory doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy some time on the water. Just be sure to spend your time safely. Anybody who has a boat, be it big or small, knows just how fun taking it out on the water is. Whether it’s a day out fishing or using your boat to reach a hard-to-get-to camping destination, there is fun to be had on the water. However, like all activities, it’s important that you follow basic safety guidelines to ensure everybody involved has a fun and safe time.

Staying Safe on the Water

To help get you started, below are some great tips from Synthetics Northwest which can help ensure that you and your passengers enjoy their time on the water and stay safe while they do it.

Know the Weather

Like it or not, the weather dictates if you’re going out on the water or not. If the swells are too big or there is a storm coming in, it’s just not meant to be. For this reason, before you head out, be sure to speak with your coast guard or just check the weather forecast and make sure that your outing is do-able. Not only is this a great tip to keep you safe, it’s also good to ensure that your passengers aren’t disappointed after getting their hopes up only to find that you all have to turn around and come back to shore.

Who Is in Charge?

If you have ever heard the adage ‘too many chefs in the kitchen’ then you will understand this tip. Make sure everybody on board knows who the captain is, or even just the person in charge. What you don’t want is for an emergency to happen with two or three people yelling out what everybody should do. Before you start your trip, make sure everybody on the boat knows just who they should be listening to in and out of emergency situations.

What to Do in an Emergency

Of course, it’s also a good idea to give people a brief run-down of what they should do in the event of common emergencies. For example, what to do if the boat starts to leak, if you experience bad weather conditions, or even if somebody becomes ill. If passengers have a good idea of the basics then it can make small and temporary situations pass quickly and without incident. Keeping your passengers safe means keeping your boat in good working condition. Click here to buy AMSOIL 10W-30 Synthetic Marine Engine Oil and keep your boat running at its best. If you aren’t sure if this is the right product for your boat, check out the online store or speak with an expert at Synthetics Northwest by calling (888) 283-3580 (Toll-Free). Experts in the field of engine maintenance, let Synthetics Northwest help you get the right engine oil for the job.

Life Jackets

It doesn’t matter if you are going out for a quick ride or you plan to make a day trip, if there isn’t a life jacket for each person on-board then there isn’t a place for everybody. Plain and simple. Life jackets are the single most important safety item on-board a boat and are not optional. Additionally, be sure that everybody knows where they are stored and that they are easily accessible for people in the event of an emergency. Of course, remember that children and adult life jackets are not interchangeable, so don’t count a child’s life jacket for an adult as it just isn’t going to do its job.

Resist the Urge to Drink

Out on the water, fishing is calming and often leads people to enjoy a few more drinks than they should. While you may feel like you are safe to drive the boat, if something happens, are you sure that you will be able to get you and your passengers out of a tricky spot or act admirably in an emergency? When you are thinking about drinking alcohol on your boat, give some thought to how much you would drink when you were about to drive and always err on the side of caution.

Give Your Boat a Synthetic Oil Change in Salem, OR

Just like your car needs a synthetic oil change every once in a while, your boat needs the same level of maintenance. If you aren’t sure which is the right product for your boat’s engine, don’t guess – call an expert. Speak with Synthetics Northwest today at (503) 371-7184 and let a professional help you find the right product for your engine.

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