Safe Boating Week 2007

 

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Life Jackets
North Strand Sail and Power Squadron

 
 

...LIFE JACKETS...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NORTH STRAND SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON

Everyone has a life jacket or two in their boat, but do you have enough or the right kind?

You must have a life jacket for everyone in the boat and they must properly fit each person. An adult jacket will go around a 10-year old, but if the child goes in the water the jacket will slide right over his or her head. Every jacket lists its size and the weight range for wearers. Check before you go.

There are five types of life jackets: Type 1's are for offshore; type 2's are the kind that go around your neck and fasten in front. Both will keep your head up. Type 3's are the familiar vests; they'll keep you afloat, but not necessarily upright. Type 4's are the throwable cushions. You should have some but they don't count toward the one-per-person requirement. Type 5's are inflatable vests. They're the most comfortable, but also the most expensive.

No life jacket ever saved anyone while it was stuffed under a seat. Wear your life jacket and have your passengers wear theirs! Don't ever think there's no danger because the water is calm. Big wakes are a big problem, especially in the Intracoastal Waterway.

Join the North Strand Sail and Power Squadron for its Boat Expo and Auction on May 19 on Rte 17N in Little River, SC.

THIS MESSAGE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY...

NORTH STRAND SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON

 ...YOU'RE IN COMMAND. BOAT RESPONSIBLY!...

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