While fishing is generally safe, anything can happen on the water. It is vitally important that everyone be made aware of the following safety tips and regulations.
It is advised that boaters wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket when on the water. Vessels 16 feet and longer, in addition to the Type I, II, III or V for each person on board, must have one Type IV throwable device which must be readily accessible.
In addition to life vests, having formal can help protect boaters from drowning.
Always be aware of your surroundings. Bays and Oceans are unpredictable natural environments. Be aware of changing conditions. Swift currents can happen in an instant. If you notice rising chop, color changes, or storm clouds get to safety.
water reflects UV light from all directions. Sunscreen should be applied every 30-60min on arms, legs, hands and feet as well as the neck and face, sunglasses should be worn and water should be consumed liberally to avoid dehydration.
It is always a good idea to be prepared for injuries while on the water. Common injuries that can occur usually happen when wading. It is easy to trip and fall on oyster reef or step into submerged objects that can be covered with sharp barnacles. It is very important to keep any cuts and scrapes cleaned as quickly as possible. In addition to a first aid kit, your captain should always have a bottle of bleach and fresh water. To clean cuts and scrapes dilute some bleach with water and apply to the wound. A product called Hibiclens also works well to protect against water born bacteria. Always clean wounds thoroughly.