There’s nothing quite like the feeling of the warm Texas sun on your face, the cool splash of water against your skin, and the tranquil beauty of Austin’s lakes as you spend a day out on a boat. But, as with any outdoor activity, it’s critical to ensure you’re practicing good safety habits. At Float On Boat Rentals, we put safety first so that you can focus on making unforgettable memories.
Tackling the Texas Heat
Two things that Texas is known for, besides its stellar BBQ and live music, are the intense heat and the equally intense sunlight. These factors can transform a wonderful day on the water into a dangerous situation if not properly managed.
Stay Hydrated: With the Texas heat in full swing, dehydration can sneak up on you fast. Make sure you’re sipping on water throughout the day. At Float On Boat Rentals, we encourage all our guests to pack plenty of hydrating drinks.
Wear Sunscreen: The Texas sun is no joke. To protect your skin from harmful UV rays, apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and remember to reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming.
Safe Practices Around the Boat
Boating is fun, but there are potential hazards around the boat that you need to be aware of:
Don’t Swim Near the Prop: The propellor on the back of a boat can cause severe injuries. To avoid any accidents, ensure all swimming activities take place at a safe distance.
Wear a Life Vest: You might be a great swimmer, but unexpected situations can occur especially when drinking, make sure to use a life vest or other floatation device when going for a float.
Keep An Eye On Your Group: Watch out for each other. Make sure everyone is swimming close to the boat and confirm all members are aboard before moving.
Safety Comes First at Float On Boat Rentals
At Float On Boat Rentals, we provide more than just boats; we provide peace of mind. All our rentals come with an experienced captain to ensure everyone’s safety while having fun. They’re skilled in operating the boat, watching out for the group, and are trained to handle emergency situations, should one arise.
Self-Driving Safety Tips
For those adventurous spirits who choose to self-drive a rental elsewhere, we’ve gathered some additional safety tips:
Be Aware of Your Surroundings: Remember, crazy drivers aren’t just found on I35; they can be on the water too. Keep an eye out for other boats and be sure to maintain a safe distance.
Take a Boating Safety Course: Knowledge is power, and understanding basic boating rules can significantly reduce the risk of mishaps. Consider taking a boating safety course before hitting the water.
Check Weather Conditions: Texas weather can be unpredictable. Always check the forecast before heading out to avoid getting caught in a storm.
Know Your Boat: Familiarize yourself with the controls, safety equipment, and operation guidelines of your rental boat. The more comfortable you are with the vessel, the safer your trip will be.
Avoid Alcohol If Driving: Boating under the influence is not just dangerous, it’s illegal. If you’re the designated driver, stick to non-alcoholic beverages to ensure a safe boating experience.
Boating is an excellent way to enjoy Austin’s natural beauty, but safety should never be compromised for fun. By following these guidelines, you can ensure an unforgettable day on the water, free of worries. Float On Boat Rentals is dedicated to providing safe, enjoyable experiences, and we can’t wait to welcome you aboard!