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Float Plans, And Why They Are Necessary

A float plan is a written statement that explains the details of a prospective voyage. Every captain should give copies of the statement to a family member, ... read more neighbor, and a marina operator on shore. The statement must include any and all details explaining the schedule of the voyage as well as the names of any other crew members, additional equipment, and the type of vessel used. Float Plans are important in the case of an accident or emergency; those who have access to the written plan will be able to provide useful information to authorities or rescue societies.

This does not only apply to boaters who own larger, expensive vessels. If you are planning a boating excursion, you must be prepared for the worst. Here is a list of boater types who should always prepare a float plan:

• Rafters • Kayakers • Jet Skiers • Canoeists • Power Boaters • Sport Fishermen • Water Skiers • Rowers • Sail Boaters • Cruisers • Hunters/Fishermen The owner/captain of the boat takes on the responsibility of filling out a Float Plan. However, this task is not left exclusively to the captain. Anyone boarding the boat that has extensive knowledge of boating safety should include those plans in the Float Plan document. In order to ensure that everything is accounted for in your future Float Plans, the United States Coast Guard has standard guidelines that you may take a look at online. Feel free to refer to this layout on

Be safe and exercise caution and responsibility when going on voyages for any length or period. Having a Float Plan available to your family, friends, and acquaintances may save your life, as well as the lives of those you may have with you on board.

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Life Jacket USCG Requirements (Video)

Learn from Keith the Boating Guy on the requirements for wearing a life jacket while boating. This is brought to you by Discover Boating. ... read more

Video Transcript

Hi, this is Keith the Boating Guy. Another common question I get is "What's up with life jackets?" What's required to have a life jacket on a boat?

Let me start by talking about federal regulations. They require that all recreational boats must carry one wearable life jacket for each person on board. You should adhear to you State laws regarding life jacket usage and requirement. From State to State sometimes the laws change. In States that have no children's laws for wearing life jackets, the U.S. Coast guard requires all children age 13 and under wear a life jacket while on the deck of the boat while it is underway. Remember to check with your State to see what the laws are in your State where you boat. Now if you take your boat and trailer from State to State, make sure you check between States while you travel around.

Now to meet Federal guidelines life jackets must be approved by the Coast Guard, in good servicable condition, readily accessable and the right size for the intended user.

Now's a good time to interject, how do you know if you have the right fitting life jacket for your child? Remember this, life jackets for children are based on weight, not age. So before you go shopping, make sure you know your child's weight. Also it is a very good idea to take you kid with you when you go shopping. There's lots of fun things out there that kids would like. For example, check this one out. Nice and bright. Kid picks it out. Much more likely to want to wear this. So remember, if they are 13 and under, they have to wear this when they are out in the boat with you.

Now, what if they are smaller than this one. This one is a 50 to 90 pound jacket. For smaller infants, they'll need to have a life jacket with a head rest on it. It also has a strap between the legs. This one is good for infants, up to 30 pounds.

Now when you put your kid in a lift jacket, you want to make sure it is a nice snug fit. The best way to check this is to grab it by the shoulders right here, lift up on the child, and you want to make sure you don't pull the child's jacket up over the child's ears over their head. They actually stay in the jacket.

Once you get the right fitting one for the life jacket, it's something fun they want to wear, and you have a life jacket on the boat for every other person, you're ready to hit the water.

Also remember, it is a very, very good idea to wear your life jacket when you are out on the water.

We'll see you out their soon...

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importance of wearing a life jacket

Importance of Wearing a Life Jacket (Video)

Learn the importance of always wearing your life jacket while boating. Presented by Boating Magazine. ... read more

Video Transcript

My name is Greg Nelson. I’m the vice president of marketing Hyper Lite Wakeboards and before this I was a professional wakeboarder from back in the 90s. And as being part of that early generation it was our job to bring wakeboarding to the masses and show people what we thought what wakeboarding was and what it could be. A lot of us, we really thought we were invincible, we didn’t always wear our life jackets.

Back in 1999 I had my company Double Up Wakeboards and we were embarking on the second year of our wakeboard tour. It was called the Double Up experience. And Corey Kraut was one of my team riders at the time and if you ever knew Corey you knew why I had him with me on the road. His personality was infectious no matter what the situation was. If Corey was there you were having fun. It was a good time. Corey just lightened the mood with everybody. The team was in Texas, Corey being there with the RV on the boat doing demos. I got a call on Sunday, they said Corey was gone. And I was like “What do you mean?”. You know I have lived that moment; I have relived it many times since then. Corey was riding without a life jacket. You know he was kind of jumping towards the chase boat, caught a tow side edge and just went down really really hard.

You know when you watch it, you can see that the impact that he took was just horrendous. The motion of his body was probably carrying him down. Because the follow boat was right there, they were in the water on top of his spot within seconds. Nobody found him, nobody saw him, they were in, you know he was gone. It wasn’t until three days later I think where Corey’s body surfaced. I have watched that crash many tmes since. Had he had a life jacket on, we at least would’ve found him. We would have; they would’ve found him right away. And you know, who knows, Corey could have been with us today.

I don’t think Corey ever wanted to be like a martyr for life jackets safety or anything, but man I know he would rather be around today. And every one of his friends and family would love to have him with us today as well. So we’re your life jacket, be safe, don’t be telling this story some other way.
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About Life Jackets & PFDs

Putting Safety First With Jackets, PFD's and Vest

When it comes to Life-Jackets, we know our customers don't joke around. That's why we offer Coast Guard approved Life-Vests & PFDs for every need, whether it be wakeboarding, fishing, to inexpensive back-ups for your boating guests. Our mammoth selection offering a variety of types, sizes, styles, and top brands such as Kent, Mustang, Jet Pilot and Kwik Tek, we guarantee we've got something for you, the family, and even the dog! Looking for matching life-jackets for the entire family, check out our General Purpose Life Jackets & Vests. Many of the products in this category have variation sizes to match the different sizing needs of your family members. Concerned about your youngsters? Check out our Kids, Infants & Toddler PFD category where we offer a variety of life jackets that use a head flap designed to keep your child's head above the water line.
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