Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Boating Laws and Safety at Lake of the Ozarks

Boating at Lake of the Ozarks will deliver one of the best experiences for visitors and residents alike.  The Lake is centrally located in the heart of Missouri and runs 92 miles end to end making up 1,100 miles of scenic shoreline.  We love our Lake and we know you do too - so here are some tips on keeping your family and friends safe while enjoying the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.
  1. Be aware of those around you.  
    • Drive on the right side of the channel or cove.
    • Look before you turn.
    • All boats have the responsibility to take whatever action necessary to avoid a collision or accident.
  2. Wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket while skiing and while operating a personal watercraft.  Small children or non-swimmers should wear life jackets at all times anywhere near or on the water.
  3. Turn your lights on 30 minutes before sunset.
  4. Operate your boat at a safe and prudent speed.
  5. If your boat has a safety cut-off switch, use it.
  6. Upon refueling, check your engine compartment for spillage.  Use your blower to expel fumes.
  7. Get your boat inspected.  The Water Patrol and the Coast Guard Auxiliary provide this free of charge.
  8. Take a boating safety course (Available through the Water Patrol, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Power Squadron and online at www.boat-ed.com.)  
  9. Consideration should be given to equipping your boat with a marine radio or cell phone.
  10. Don't drink and drive.  A designated driver is as important on water as on land.
These tips have been adapted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website.  For more information or questions regarding water safety, please visit the Missouri Water Patrol online or contact them directly using the information below.    Missouri Water Patrol also offers a handbook of all the boating laws and safety regulations to help ensure that your Lake Ozark Boating experience is a safe and pleasant one.

Missouri State Water Patrol
PO box 1368
Jefferson City, MO  65102-1368

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