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Boat and Water Safety

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There are times throughout ones life that we undoubtedly find ourselves asking the question, "what the hell was I thinking," and "how on earth did I get into this mess." We are all human and make the same mistakes as one another. Whether it be bad decisions as teens, or investment decisions that at first glance seemed the correct way to go, don't feel bad, again, you are only human.

Having said that, why should we make the same bad decisions over and over again? After all, the definition of insanity is, "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result."

When it comes to summer time with the kids, there are many opportunities that you may find intriguing, exciting and a once in a lifetime chance. That, does not however, mean that your families safety takes a backseat.

What about the chance to get onboard a nice powerboat or sailboat for the very first time? Not knowing what to expect, or not having any experience at it is no excuse for stupidity. Your family comes first and foremost, end of story.

BOATsmart, is committed to making sure that all Canadian families practice safe boating whether it be for beginners or the saltiest of dogs. According to BOATsmart, almost every single fatality is preventable. And with that in mind, BOATsmart has put together a list of the top five boating safety tips to make the summer a more enjoyable time.

1- Suit Up: Make sure that every member wears PFD (personal floatation device) suitable for their size. For children, choose one in a bright colour with a collar that turns a child's face up in water. Don't let your pride get in the way. No one is too cool to wear a lifejacket.

2- Pre-launch review: Before embarking, make sure all passengers onboard are familiar with the safety equipment you have at your disposal. You can download the BOATsmart Connect App to access free animated refresher lessons. Common sense is a wonderful thing if we all practice it while on the water. The app can provide you with an instant boat insurance quotation and save up to 25% as a Connect member.

3- Make it fun: Plan activities such as tubing, swimming and wakeboarding that involve the whole family. For younger children, bring toys onboard like binoculars or bubble machines they can use while exploring.

4- Get insured: BOATsmart! Assure is insurance for smart boaters. The best in class coverage for your boat or watercraft. Make sure you review water sports hand signals each time a new individual gets into the water. Being unprepared can result in a bad injury or worse.

5- Get certified: Any individual operating the boat must obtain their pleasure craft operator card. Not having it can cost you dearly, avoid the $250 fine and prevent accidents by signing your whole family up to complete a safe boating course and obtain their pleasure craft operator card available at www.boatsmartexam.com.

Summer is supposed to be about creating great family get togethers and memories that will last a lifetime. Don't ruin them by making preventable mistakes and having to live with the dire consequences.

WonderMoms wishes everyone a safe and adventurous summer and we look forward to hearing all about it.

STAY SAFE!