Fishing is a great way to spend the day, but it’s important that you and your fishing companions keep safe.
Here are some guidelines and tips so that you can stay safe out on the water:
a) Always keep your PFD (personal flotation device / life jacket / life vest) close to you at all times. Even better, wear it – especially if you’re wading. Even if you or your fishing partner(s) can swim, PDFs can help if you fall unconscious or get swept up in a strong current.
b) Remember REACH, THROW, ROW and GO when rescuing someone who may potentially be drowning:
1) REACH = reach out with a long pole or oar if the person is close enough and try to pull them over
2) THROW = throw them a life-saving device such as a lifejacket or life preserver
3) ROW = row your boat to the person in need, as it’s quicker and safer than trying to swim to them
4) GO = as a last resort, try to swim out and save the person.
c) Take your cell phone with you in case of emergency. You’d be surprised at how many areas now allow you to pick up a signal.
d) Carry a pocket knife (safely and securely!) in case you get tangled in your rigging.
e) If you’re wading, make sure you’re wearing your PDF, carefully check the area, and take one step at a time making sure you’re feeling for any drop-offs. Always be aware and considerate of the current and how it changes.
f) Bring a first-aid kit with you for any unexpected cuts or scrapes. And don’t forget to clean those wounds with antiseptic! It’s also a good idea to carry bug repellent in your kit – bug bites are really annoying, but most importantly remember that bugs can also carry diseases.
g) Make sure kids and family pets are well-secured any time the boat is moving.
H) Wear proper attire while fishing; try to find clothing that will help you stay cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather. And don’t forget your raincoat to keep dry in unexpected rainfall.
h) Apply sunscreen before and many times during your time on out the lake. The sun reflecting on the water can really increase the amount of sun you get, and we all know that the longer you keep that sunburn away, the longer you’ll have to actually stay out and enjoy your day.
i) Remember to eat and stay hydrated while outside, especially on those long hot days in the summer. Always take a few snacks and lots of water.
j) Handle your fishing equipment and gear responsibly. Look around you while you’re casting to ensure you don’t accidentally hit something or somebody.
k) Lastly, but most importantly, bring a buddy (or two) with you. It’s safer and more fun! At the very least, tell someone where you’re going and how long you plan on being gone. Someone should know where you are at all times and be able to find you if necessary.
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Please add any other tips or guidelines into the comments section. It’s up to all of us to keep each other safe!