Boating During Thunderstorms

Boating during a thunderstorm can be dangerous because lightning strikes can occur, which can pose a serious risk to those on board. Here are some things to keep in mind to stay safe:

  1. Monitor the weather: Keep an eye on the weather forecast and radar before heading out on the water. If there is a chance of thunderstorms, it’s best to postpone your boating trip until the weather clears up.
  2. Seek shelter: If you are on the water and a thunderstorm approaches, seek shelter immediately. Get off the water and find a safe place to wait out the storm, such as a marina or other covered area.
  3. Stay low: If you can’t get off the water, stay as low as possible in the boat. Avoid touching any metal surfaces, and stay away from tall or metal objects.
  4. Turn off electronics: Turn off all electronics, including radios, GPS devices, and cell phones. Lightning can travel through these devices and cause injury or damage.
  5. Wear life jackets: Ensure that everyone on the boat is wearing a life jacket. If lightning strikes the boat, it can cause it to capsize or sink, and a life jacket can help keep you afloat.

Remember, lightning can strike several miles away from a storm, so it’s important to take thunderstorms seriously and take appropriate precautions to ensure your safety while boating.