Boating is a great way to relax up at the cottage during the summer. When you have a boat, it increases all the potential of your summer activities. You can fish and do water sports or just drive around the lake and take a fun and relaxing ride. While boating is a great fun hobby, people often forget that it requires a responsible attitude. It is as big of a responsibility as driving and sometimes people take advantage of the fact that lakes are not monitored as heavily by police as roads are.
Not just anyone can drive a boat. You need to obtain your license and permit. A boat is a large machine that can cause major damage or injuries if it is not used by a trained or responsible individual.
Before going on any boating or fishing trip, start by checking provincial laws about licensing. You may find that you will need to take a course or a test. Do not look at these things as a hassle. By taking a boating course, you can really get the most out of your own boat. You will learn how to maintain its upkeep which will essentially increase its lifespan. You will also learn to do basic repairs yourself, which means you can save major money down the line that would otherwise go towards a professional. You should want to know the ins and outs of any major investment you make, so a boat course is the best way to learn everything you will want to know about your machine.
Before going out on your boating trip, make sure you are aware of all the rules and regulations in your province. It is important that you understand the rules regarding operating your boat under the influence of alcohol, what the speed limits are, how many people can be in your boat at the same time and all the information relating to your insurance. You may even need to get a PCOC license depending on whether you are transporting the public. Also, there are certain laws regarding what kind of water activities you can do with your boat, as well as laws about fishing. People rarely take the time to get their fishing permits, and are later surprised when they have to pay a large fine. It is definitely worth taking the time to know everything involved before you go out on your boating trip. Do not forget to learn the speeding limits in certain areas of your lake. Again, nothing will ruin a great day of summer fun like a run in with the water patrol.
Beyond taking a boating course and getting your boating license or permit, boat trips are the best way to enjoy any weekend. Take your friends out and explore your lake, become familiar with the territory so you will never be stuck or lost. Also, always make sure you have enough gas to get you home.
Practice safety with your water sports by going at decent speeds and wearing the proper equipment. To avoid injuries, wear water helmets and life jackets. Most of all, have fun with your boat. Summer is the best season of the year for water lovers!