Your Essential Boating Checklist

Preparing for a safe and smooth adventure on the water requires several essential considerations. If you are a boat lover/owner in and around the greater Centennial, CO area, the insurance professionals at Compass Insurance offer this basic boating checklist.

Check The Weather Forecast & Leave Written Notice of Your Float Plan

Know the weather conditions before heading out and avoid bad weather. Leave your float plan with someone for emergencies.

Inform Passengers About Safety Procedures & Ensure You Have Appropriate Safety Equipment

Before leaving, talk to all onboard about the use of life jackets, emergency protocols, and the location of the safety equipment. Onboard safety equipment that should be checked includes:

  • A throwable flotation device.
  • A whistle/horn.
  • A pump or bailer.
  • An anchor with sufficient line.
  • A fire extinguisher.

Review Safety Regulations & Requirements

Familiarize yourself with boating laws, safety requirements, and boating etiquette. The boat must be properly registered and equipped with the necessary safety gear, such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, distress signals, and navigation lights – and you have kept up with recommended maintenance. Keep basic tools and spare parts on board for minor repairs.

Navigation Tools & Working Communication Devices

Have up-to-date navigation tools (i.e., GPS), compasses, or charts for proper navigation. Familiarize yourself with waterways and potential hazards. Carry a fully charged cell phone or marine radio for emergencies.

Personal Essentials & First Aid Kit

Don’t forget hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, appropriate clothing/rain gear, medications, and footwear. Carry a well-stocked first aid kit for minor injuries and emergencies.

Contact a Compass Insurance Today

For additional information on boating insurance, contact Compass Insurance online or at 303-996-9000.