Before going out on the Lake of the Ozarks in your boat here are a few reminders for you and your crew. Always be aware of your surroundings and those around you. Carry approved life jackets for all persons. Operate your boat at a safe and prudent speed and most of all NEVER DRINK AND(DRIVE)WHILE BOATING.
These are only a few reminders to have a safe and happy time boating at the Lake of the Ozarks. For complete Missouri Boating Laws you can contact the Missouri State Water patrol at www.mswp.dps.mo.gov
Enjoy boating on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. Be aware, informed, safe and have a wonderful vacation.
ALL RENTALS ARE SUBJECT TO WEATHER CONDITIONS. THERE IS A TWO HOUR MIN ON ALL RENTALS. RATES DO NOT INCLUDE FUEL, OIL, Optional DAMAGE WAIVER OR SALES TAX. RENTERS Must BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, AND PRESENT A VALID AUTOMOBILE DRIVER'S LICENSE.
The lake of the Ozarks is a growing resort area with a myriad of activities that promise to make every family member's vacation a happy memory.
For those who plan on spending time on the water, here are some courtesy and safety tips that will ensure everyone a great time.
1. Be aware of those around you.
2. Wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket while water skiing and while operating a personal watercraft. Small children and 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 safe & prudent speed.
5. Newer boats have a safety cut off switch. Use it.
6. Upon fueling, check your engine compartment for spillage. Use your blower to expel fumes.
7. Get a voluntary inspection of your boat. The Water Patrol and the Coast Guard Auxiliary provides this free of charge.
8. Take a boat safety course. Remember, experience is not always the best teacher.
9. Consideration should be given to equipping your boat with a marine radio or cellular phone.
10. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE. A designated driver is as important on the water as on the land.
Before heading out onto the water, check out these safty tips.
For many Americans, being pulled from the end of a long, slim tow line is a summer rite of passage. The Boat U.S. Foundation of Boating Safety has these top ten summer sasfety tips that will guarantee everyone has a great time.
1. Float first: Ensure anyone being towed has a properly fitting lifejacket that won't ride up over a wearer's head if they take a spill.
2 . Take to the hand: A rider has very little control over a tube, and skiiers and boarders need control help, too. Follow these hand signals to ensure all are safe on the water. A. Stop- hand slashing the neck area B. Slow-thumb down C. Speed up- thumb up D. OK-tip of index finger and thumb together E. Turn-point finger upward in a circular motion F. Return to dock-pat head
3. Engine off: Always turn off the engine when a rider is entering or exiting the water.
4. Wait for OK: Once a skier is in the water, wait until they are far enough away from the boat and signal that it's OK to start the engine.
5. Spotter is a must: It;s very important to have a constant visual contact with anyone being towed. It's a law in most states.
6. Look before turning: It's the turn that really make watersports fun, but don't leave those at the end of a towline guessing when the next turn is coming, be sure to signal when you are going to make the turn.
7. Think big: Keep in mind that with kids on the end of long towline, your boat's safety "foot print" is now much larger. Be extra cautious when near others and objects.
8. Two head turns for every "drop": As soon as someone falls off the tube or a skier or boarder drops, always look to both sides before turming around for a pick-up.
9. Good to go: For riders after a knock down, clasp your hands over your head so those onthe towboat know you area OK and ready for retrieval.
10. Tip up and be seen: A skier who has fallen inthe watercan be seen by others much more easily if they tip above the water.