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I haven’t always loved boating. In fact, when I was a little girl, I went in a canoe with my dad and lost my mind. I was convinced that imminent danger was just around each bend in the lake, in the form of Nessie…or a low-hanging branch prepared to take our heads off and launch them into outer space.
My very overactive imagination visualized all sorts of horrible things happening to us…and if something did happen, no one would know what happened to us because we had no way to call for help. What can I say? I was a neurotic mess back then. (I kind of still am in some areas.)
Now that I’m older, though, I love going out on the water. Just recently, in fact, I went out deep sea fishing for the first time…and I’m hooked. (No pun intended!)
As a kid I would have thrown a world-class temper tantrum at the thought of being out on such a big body of water, but now I’m a lot more calm and recognize that each vessel is inspected by their crew prior to use and if an emergency arises, there are steps the crew can take to help us get back to shore. Yes, bad things happen, but I know that’s not the norm.
What also helps me to relax in the event my husband is driving the boat we’re on, is that he has his boating license and is respectful of boating laws. He also will not take any of us out without life jackets. And in the event we didn’t have any, there are places around that loan out life jackets when in need. I’d rather pay money to rent one than take out our kids and jeopardize their well-being. That doesn’t make me an overprotective mom. That makes me a smart one.
Even knowing these things, though, I won’t deny that when I read stories about those who are lost, stranded or die at sea, it makes me sad and scared. But, as I pointed out in my jet skiing post, there are things we all can do to make trips out on the water more enjoyable and less stressful.
One such way that we can give ourselves peace of mine is by becoming a member of Sea Tow.
Sea Tow Background:
Sea Tow is the #1 choice for boaters nationwide for expert on-water assistance. As a Sea Tow member you receive free towing, fuel drops, jump starts, priority service, Automated Radio Checks, 24/7 nationwide coverage, knowledgeable Captains, covered ungroundings, savings and much more. Sea Tow memberships are available in Gold Card for $169 a year and Lake Card for $119 a year options.
Sea Tow Foundation:
The Sea Tow Foundation was created in 2007 by Sea Tow founder, Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer. The Sea Tow Foundation promotes safe boating practices and education initiatives that directly reduce accidents, fatalities and property damage related to recreational boating. The Sea Tow Foundation has distributed close to 15,000 life jackets nationwide to help make recreational boaters safer on the water with Life Jacket Loaner Stand located Nationwide.
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