As a boater, it is not just enjoying the great outdoors, competing in watersports, or cruising with friends & family members. You need to respect the environment and as well as with family members or friends to share the water. Moreover, you should be a responsible boater to take care of the environment and also assist to protect the entire access of various recreational boating areas for so many years to work. The responsible boater should follow the basic guidelines:
- Travel Responsibly
- Fuel Conservation
- Sharing our Water
- Responsible Fishing
- Green Boating
Each passenger should wear the approved boating life jacket of the U.S. Coast Guard (PFD) on the boat. At a controlled speed, you can operate the boat and allow someone to watch & lookout for other swimmers, objects, and boaters. Never mix boating with drugs or alcohol. While trailering the boat, you need to include the stowed items inside and also balance the load. Your trailer should be in proper working condition and also boat works light & secure before starting your travel.
Avoid Sensitive Areas
It is recommended to launch your boat from the designated boat ramp. The vehicle is backed on the lakeshore or riverbank will lead to erosion and even damage the area. Never operate your boat in fewer feet deep water and also maintain slow travel in shallow waters. Also never disturb the paleontological, archeological, or historical areas and also avoid breeding areas or seasonal nesting.
Before starting your responsible boating, you need to learn the Boating Safety education course and ensure its operation, communication equipment, and as well as navigation. You need to know the warning symbols and distress signals. You can plan your trip using the destination charts and also reach the local officials to know the permit requirements, closures, and area restrictions. It is advisable to share your travel plans and also file your float plan. Before launching, you need to check the weather forecast and ensure you have enough oil & fuel to complete your entire trip.
Respect Other Rights
It is essential and most important to offer the same consideration and respect to other boaters across the waters to showcase you. Especially around the shore, you need to maintain noise down. Even at the boat ramp areas, you need to be courteous. It is possible to quickly retrieve and launch your boat.
Life Jacket Regulations for Kayaks & Canoes
The Wisconsin and U.S. Coast Guard laws will require vessels the length with 16-feet and equip with Type V, Type III, Type II, or Type I PFD (Personal Flotation Device) and commonly referred to as a Life Vest or Life Jacket. Each person while onboarding should carry a personal flotation device or life jacket. At least one Type or 16-foot vessels should be similarly equipped. The PFD device or a Life Jacket should meet the following recommendations:
- Most of the PFD devices will come in numerous materials, colors, and shapes. A few of them are created using the rugged one and will protect the wearer even from cold water.
- It should be ready to access and not stowed under any equipment, closed or locked compartments, or even in plastic bags.
- The intended wearer should wear the right size.
- The Life jacket should in good condition without any snaps, broken straps, rips, or tears. You can check the inner plastic liner punctures on your Kapok PFDs using the squeeze test.
- Your life jacket should be approved and attested by the U.S. Coast Guard.
It is more essential and important to choose the right PFD device or life jacket with a correct plan and the vessel type to utilize the anticipated weather conditions. Before purchasing the PFD device, you need to ensure whether the approval number of the U.S. Coast Guard is printed on the device.