Boating is fun and entertaining way to spend time with
family and friends. However, emergencies can arise unexpectedly, causing risk to yourself and your passengers. To ensure the safety possible conditions for your boating experiences, you should have these 5 pieces of equipment on board at all times.

Personal Flotation Devices

You should a personal flotation device for every individual on the boat. If you have children on the boat, you should have a flotation device that is specially made for children. Although you may be someone who routinely makes safety a primary concern on your boating excursions, this simple measure can be the most critical one in ensuring the of your passengers.

Emergency Flares

You should also carry a number of emergency flares on your boat, in case you experience an engine breakdown on the water. In this way, emergency help will be able to locate your position, even if darkness falls. A wide variety of “visual distress signal” devices are available. The best strategy is to carry more than one type to aid your rescue if you need help.

A Reliable Anchoring System

Boating enthusiasts will find a wide range of anchors and anchoring systems on the market. Not all of these products offer the strength and reliability you may need in rough waters or an emergency situation. Carefully research anchors for the type of conditions you will encounter on the water. High quality equipment, like a winch, will ensure you are able to implement secure anchoring when you need it and easy removal when it’s time to leave.

Marine Radio

A marine radio can be a critical piece of boating equipment in an emergency. The radio will not only allow you to call for help when you are far from shore. It will also provide information on weather conditions, so you are not caught in a sudden storm. Rescue operations will able to find you more easily by tracking your signal. You can find marine radios in both fixed and portable models.

First Aid Kit

You should also have a first aid kit on your boat for unexpected injuries. Bandages, dressings, medical tape, antiseptic cream and pain relievers are the basics. You should also have antihistamine for allergic reactions, tweezers to remove stingers, absorbent cotton, anti-itch medicine, and medications to relieve upset stomachs.

If you are an avid boater, you are likely to encounter an emergency situation at some time in your boating career. These incidents can create hazards for yourself and your passengers. Having the proper equipment on board can help you manage the situation until help arrives. These tips will ensure that all your experiences on the water are enjoyable ones.

Author's Bio: 

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;