Eric Tetler serves as the president of the Windfield Alloy, a single source recycling, refining, and reuse solutions company headquartered in Atkinson, New Hampshire. Beyond his responsibilities to the company, Eric Tetler enjoys activities like boating. Even experienced boaters need to adhere to safety precautions, and novice and advanced boaters alike can benefit from reviewing safety rules. The following list includes safety tips for boating.
1. Check weather conditions. Always consult the local weather forecasts before planning a boating trip and remember to watch the sky for darkening clouds while out on the water. Darkening clouds, rough changing winds, and sudden temperature drops are warning signs for bad weather, so play it safe by getting out of the water.
2. Establish a pre-departure checklist. This checklist will ensure you set out fully prepared for anything, such as bad weather conditions, unexpected engine problems, or injury.
3. Maintain safety equipment. Make sure you acquire the right safety equipment for boating and remember to maintain all equipment. Important safety equipment you need to obtain include a fire extinguisher, operable boat lights, and US Coast Guard-approved life jackets for all passengers.
4. Learn to swim. Even if you do not plan on getting in the water, consider taking swimming classes if you don’t already know how to swim. Being able to swim can save lives in the event of a severe accident that causes the boat to sink or capsize.
5. Remain aware of your surroundings. Stay alert at all times and keep a watch on your whereabouts to ensure you have enough time to react to any potentially dangerous situations. Keep an especially close eye on water conditions and remain on the lookout for other vessels.
Since 2007, Eric Tetler has served as president of Windfield Alloy, an environmentally conscious recycling business in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He first joined the company in 1994, and 13 years later, he became its majority shareholder.