Injury Attorneys Offer Important Water Safety Tips for Naples Kayakers

by Carmen Dellutri on February 19, 2013

Naples boating accident lawyersKayaking is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors in the cooler winter months, particularly when it may be too chilly to get in the water. In fact, kayaking is quickly one of the most popular boating activities.

However, like everything on the water, it is important to address safety risks, including drowning. Statistics show individuals in canoes, kayaks, and rafts are more than twice as likely to drown as individuals operating other types of vessels. In addition, due to their small size, kayaks are also vulnerable to Naples boating accidents involving larger watercrafts that may not see the smaller vessels.

With this in mind, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the American Canoe Association offer some basic safety tips:

  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  • Be comfortable in the water, out of your boat.
  • Obtain the knowledge, skills and ability necessary for kayaking and canoeing.
  • Always boat with a group. Three boats is a recommended minimum.
  • Know how to self-rescue. Practice! Practice! Practice!
  • File a float plan, with friends, family, or the authorities.
  • Bring appropriate safety, rescue, and navigational aids, and more than adequate food, water, and extra protective clothing. Do not wear cotton!
  • Pick an activity level that matches your ability, and progress to more demanding challenges.
  • Monitor your physical and emotional condition, and watch the other members or your group for fatigue, illness, and changes in behavior.
  • Know and follow all local, state and federal laws.
  • Be visible - wear bright colors so others can see you between waves or in the fog. Carry a bright light, flares, and whistle to signal your position.
  • Take a boating safety class offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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