Coast Guard Auxiliary promotes Safe Boating Week
So far it has been a beautiful weekend to spend some time on the water. But before you take your boats out, the US Coast Guard Auxillary wants to remind you to play it safe. As YNN's Sheba Clarke explains, it's all a part of Safe Boating Week.
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NEW YORK STATE -- Saturday was pretty much a perfect day for boaters to hit the lake.
"This is the first time out this year. we got everything geared up and just enjoying this weather," says Nancy Schenk, boater.
Schenk and her husband are gearing up for a day of fishing on Lake Ontario. And it's not just fishing poles they have packed onboard.
"We take everything that's required by law, we always have our cell phones with us," said Schenk.
Other boaters like August Baliva are getting ready for another long enjoyable boating season.
"Now I'm washing and waxing this morning...getting it ready. Hopefully it will be in by next weekend," said Baliva about his sister's boat.
Part of Baliva's routine also includes safety checks.
"The first thing we do is check our flares, fire extinguishers to make sure it's on the green," he said.
And the same goes for avid boater and boating safety instructor Thomas Axx.
"All my passengers first have to have a life jacket beside them and it all fits," said Axx.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary wants to keep safety on the minds of everyone this season as part of Safe Boating Week. It's a national effort to educate boaters about how to enjoy the season safely.
"If you are on the water read the new york state boating guides and have enough life jackets on boat for everyone," said Linda Taylor, Division Four Commander with the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Taylor says you always want to make sure you have a cell phone out there and make sure someone knows your whereabouts, also bring plenty of fuel and water. Some boaters say carelessness can seem common out on the water.
"It seems that boating and alcohol go synonymous with partying and if you are operating a boat you should never have alcohol," said Thomas.
And even though accidents can happen, Taylor says safety education is always in your control.
"You never know what's going to happen on the water," said Thomas.