As we approach the middle of summer, boaters are increasingly out and about on Lake Conroe. Some boaters are new to Lake Conroe, and some are well experience on the lake. Either way, it is always good to be reminded of key boater safety tips to ensure you and your family can be safe this summer.
Applying the following safety tips can help everyone have an enjoyable summer while maximizing safety for both yourself and others out on the lake.
Complete a Boaters Safety Course before operating any vessel
Courses are offered by both the US Coast Guard and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD).
Just like driving a car on public roads, there are specific rules for navigation on public waterways. It is important to know which boat is supposed to “give way” and which is supposed to “stand on.” When these navigation rules are followed, it creates a much safer day on the water for everyone.
Operate your vessel at a safe speed and be aware of your surroundings
Operating your vessel or personal watercraft at a safe speed allows you time to make decisions when navigating on crowded waters.
When underway always scan your surroundings for other boaters, and navigational hazards.
Always practice defensive driving, remember just because you are a responsible boater does not mean everyone will be practicing the same safety habits, so be alert, and in any questionable situation, always yield the right of way.
Make sure to operate your vessel at the minimum planning speed (the minimum speed at which a vessel will achieve and maintain a level plane) during the period from one hour-half after sunset to one half-hour before sunrise.
Check your navigation lighting
Even though you may only plan to be out during the day, circumstances may change causing you to navigate at night.
File a float plan
It is always a good idea to let someone know where you plan on going, how long you expect to be out, and when you expect to return.
ALWAYS wear your LIFE Jacket!
ALWAYS avoid consuming alcohol while operating your vessels.
Keeping these recommendations in mind can help you and everyone around you have a great day on the water and get home safe!
For more information on Lake Conroe or the San Jacinto River Authority, please visit our website at www.sjra.net, contact our Lake Conroe Division at 936-588-1111, or check out our social media channels (Facebook @SanJacintoRiverAuthority, Twitter @SJRA_1937, Instagram @sanjacintoriverauthoritysjra).