Here we are! Spring has finished thawing into Summer and the long nights of winter are so far away that they are the last thing on our minds right now. With the sun gearing up to go full power, we’re all looking forward to cooling off the all-natural way, by taking a dip in the lake.
Before you take that dive though, it’s important to make sure that however you plan on spending a day at the lake, that you come back safe and sound from doing so. Because the best vacations are the ones you can take again!
Dress for the occasion
Make sure you have the right clothing and gear when you step outside. Light clothing that covers your skin but also lets you breath, hats and sunglasses to keep the sunlight out of your eyes, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the effects of long-term sun exposure.
The sun is a great friend, but stick around him too long and that sunburn will have you regretting the day you too first met. Even if you’re going to be swimming, put on some waterproof sunblock, as sunburns are possible even in the water.
Know the rules
Whether you’re going to be swimming, paddling a kayak, or riding in a boat, make sure you are informed about the rules of the water. Nothing ruins a good time like a surprise fine that could easily have been avoided.
Don’t look at any set of rules and regulation as annoying little guidelines. They exist for the purpose of keeping everyone safe. Knowing the areas for boating, swimming and other activities will help keep an unfortunate incident from happening.
Bring your friend(s)
One of the best ways to keep safe is to have a buddy tag along that will look out for you, the same way that you would look out for them. Even the most experienced swimmers can have an accident, and one bad wave on the water and a bad landing might mean you’re in trouble if nobody else is around to help you.
Bring your gear
If you’re taking a boat out onto the water, or any other kind of watercraft, make sure to bring along all of the required safety equipment. Life vests, flares, horns, and any other federally or locally required equipment should be with you, and life vests should always be worn when out on the water.
Leave the booze on the shore
It’s no secret alcohol impairs judgment, and if you don’t think it does, well, put down that beer and let someone sober take the wheel. The impaired judgment and decreased reaction times are a recipe for disaster, so just leave those ingredients out of that equation.
Check out the weather conditions before you go. People are often surprised by how windy it can get on the lake, and that surprise can cause some serious accidents, especially for people in light-watercraft such as kayaks.
Be aware of designated activity areas, and be aware of other people on the water. Swimming into a lane for jet-skiing puts both you and the jet-skier at risk.
Get your fun on!
Don’t look at safety as a hassle, remember that rules are there to protect everyone, and by sticking to them you’ll not only have a great time out there, but you’ll live to enjoy it again!