Every boat should have a purpose-built kit for emergencies with the right gear for your specific boat or aquatic craft. It only takes getting stranded on the water once to learn that lesson.
Experience: Tubing Accident
A family friend has one of those cool surf boats. He's a doctor and seems to always be prepared. On one aquatic outing his son had a bunch of friends out tubing. They flipped the tube and it knocked the boy out. The doctor quickly made his way over to the still-floating boy who was face down in the water. They pulled him out and got him breathing again. The gear and training they had on board turned a scary situation into a campfire story.
We've seen fish hooks through fingers, rope burns, and blisters on boating events. If you have a boat, you have to be prepared.
Boat kits are a must for every water craft. You don't want to be stranded, stuck or broken down without the right gear. Stowing an auto kit in your glove box or storage compartment is crutial.
Make sure you buy quality gear. You don't want to rely on equipment only to have it fail.
Boats can catch fire (usually engine related). Be sure to have a fire extinguisher handy.
Some emergencies are mechanical in nature. Wrenches, drivers, hammers, etc can make a quick repair. Make sure to have spare tools on hand in an organized kit.
A breakdown can be a bit daunting, especially if you are a long ways from shore. Keeping a tow rope in your kit can help you get unstuck.
Tips for using a tow rope:
Working on a boat in the dark is miserable and can be dangerous. Be sure you have a flashlight or better yet a headlamp so you can see what you're doing. Also make sure you have working batteries or a crankable light so the batteries last for some time.
Small injuries and illnesses are common during boating outings. Handling cuts and scrapes or allergies, stomach problems, etc. should be easy first aid solutions. Every watercraft should have a first aid kit and you should know how to use the supplies within.
Some people will want more robust supplies in case of trauma in an accident. Some kits come with a tourniquet, etc.
Here are the supplies we recommend for every first aid kit. You may need to add items to your kit if it's incomplete:
Having the supplies is one thing, knowing how to use them is another. Be sure you get some first aid training to know how to treat your passengers.
Most trunks and trucks have ample storage space. If your car has space we recommend stowing some extra gear in your vehicle.
The goal is to be ready for an emergency. Accidents, break downs, and other events can require this extra gear.
It's surprising how often we have had to use these items. Often we're helping someone else. We've seen boats in nearly every condition over the years. We've seen them towed. We've seen skiiers injured and knocked out.
Having the right tools, first aid, and gear onboard can make a lifesaving difference.
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