Boating and water sports can be a great way to spend time with family and friends, but safety should always come first. One of the most important safety considerations for boaters is wearing a life jacket. But do boat rentals come with life jackets?
In this blog, we will cover why wearing one is so important and some safety tips for your boat trip on the beautiful San Juan del Sur. We will also answer the question – do you have to wear a life jacket on a boat?
Boat Rental Safety Checklist
Here we have gathered some safety tips for you to follow while you are on your boat trip in San Juan del Sur:
All Vessels Should Be Equipped With Life Jackets and Personal Flotation Devices
In Nicaragua, all vessels must be equipped with life vests and personal flotation devices (PFDs). This includes rentals from charter companies. The type of PFD required depends on the size of the vessel and how many people are onboard.
Although life jackets are typically associated with boating, life vests can also be used to support novice or non-swimmers near or in the water. To avoid fatalities, request that you and all other visitors wear well-fitting life jackets.
Fire Extinguishers Are a Must
Every boat should be equipped with at least two fire extinguishers, of which one must be in the cabin. You should frequently inspect and test your fire extinguishers to ensure they are in working order.
Check Weather Conditions Regularly
San Juan del Sur’s weather can change quickly, and it is important to check weather conditions before heading out on the water. Storms can appear suddenly, so it is important to be prepared and know when to return to shore.
Bells and Whistles Should Be in Place Before Setting up Sail
Any boat under 40 feet long must include a functional sound-producing device, like a whistle or horn, that can be used in an emergency or to signal another boat.
Do You Have to Wear a Lifejacket on a Boat?
Yes, all passengers on a boat are required to wear a life vest. It would help if you also had extra life jackets in your vessel for any unexpected guests, such as children or animals. Wearing a life jacket can save your life in case of an accident or if you fall overboard.
What Type of Lifejacket Is Required for Boating?
The type of life jacket required depends on the size and capacity of your vessel. Generally, a Type I, II, or III PFD (personal flotation device) is recommended for most boats. What does type I, II, or III mean?
- Type I life jackets are considered the most reliable and provide the most buoyancy. They are traditionally made of foam and can be used in rough water or remote waters far away from help.
- Type II life jackets are best for calm and inland waters like lakes.
- Type III life jackets are designed for general boating activities on calm waters and can be worn all day.
Come Sail With Us at Esmeralda Sailing!
Following these safety tips and preparing for every boat trip will ensure your time spent on the San Juan del Sur is safe and memorable! Do boat rentals come with life jackets? Yes! Make sure to check with your rental company before boarding the boat.
At Esmeralda Sailing, we provide half-day and full-day packages that include everything from fresh food and drinks to activities to enjoy your custom tour. We are committed to providing you with the best sailing experience possible! So sail with us aboard our beautiful Catamaran Yacht Charter and take all the beauty of San Juan del Sur with you!