Weather On The Road: National Safe Boating Week kicks off summer

To get you ready, News 12 Meteorologist Matt Hammer is joined by Sea Tow Central Hudson River captains Walter Garschagen and Chuck Brieant to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience on the water this summer.

Matt Hammer

May 24, 2024, 10:47 AM

Updated 26 days ago

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As boating season kicks into high gear, it's essential to emphasize the importance of safe practices on the water.
Boating accidents can happen for various reasons, from unpredictable weather conditions to lack of preparation.
To get you ready, News 12 Meteorologist Matt Hammer is joined by Sea Tow Central Hudson River captains Walter Garschagen and Chuck Brieant to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience on the water this summer.
Here are some tips that are essential to boaters.
  • Check the Weather: Before heading out, check the weather forecast and plan accordingly to avoid storms or high winds.
  • Prepare the Boat: Thoroughly inspect the boat, including the engine, fuel levels, and safety equipment like life jackets and navigation lights.
  • Pack Essentials: Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, towels, snacks, and plenty of water for hydration. Dress appropriately for changing weather conditions.
  • Plan the Itinerary: Decide on the route and destinations, considering navigational markers and potential hazards.
  • Review Safety Procedures: Ensure everyone on board understands basic safety procedures and designate roles such as a lookout or spotter.
  • Follow Local Regulations: Familiarize yourself with local boating regulations, including speed limits and anchoring restrictions, to ensure compliance and safety.
  • Consider On-Water Assistance: Become a member of an on-water assistance provider like Sea Tow for support in case of emergencies or unexpected mishaps.
For more boating safety tips, and resources, click here.
Recognize common risks like weather changes and mechanical failures to stay safe on the water.
Visual aids demonstrate crucial safety procedures for boaters.
Understand basic safety procedures, including checking weather forecasts and wearing life jackets.
Follow local boating regulations and avoid boating under the influence for everyone's safety.
Practice emergency protocols to ensure readiness in case of a crisis on the water.


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