Living on Lake Nacimiento is a great experience all year round, especially in the warm months! Whether you enjoy boating, swimming, skiing or lounging by Lake Nacimiento; the summer is a lively time as many take advantage of these water activities. With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, there’s sure to be even an increasing number of residents enjoying Lake Nacimiento!
As we know, Lake Nacimiento is very full and additional precautionary measures need to be taken. We can all enjoy the fun that comes with living on this beautiful lake, but safety must be our first priority! Below are safety tips that you’ll want to know before you begin your outdoor fun on the lake. Feel free to post these on your refrigerator, go over them with the children you know that will be out on the lake, and be fully prepared in case of an emergency.
• Always wear sunscreen!
• Make sure everyone in your boat can swim, and if not, that floating devices are used and there is someone watching that person at all times.
• Never swim alone! Even the most experienced swimmers can experience fatigue, or an injury that will make it hard to swim
• Always watch children who are anywhere near water! The most accidents happen when children are wading in shallow water, so always make sure they’re supervised!
• Be sure to swim only in designated swimming areas.
• Look before you leap! Never dive into water unless you know that it’s deep enough to do so. Always keep your hands above your head when diving to ensure safety.
• Never mix swimming or boating with alcohol.
To make your water skiing fun, safe, sensible and successful, practice these safe driving tips:
• Check steering and throttle controls for proper operation before towing skier.
• On take-offs, never accelerate until a definite signal is given by skier.
• When under way, keep attention ahead. The observer is to watch the skier.
• Never follow other boats. Always look before turning. Avoid shallow water.
• Promote safety by staying away from other boats, swimmers, fishermen and solid objects.
• Return to fallen skier immediately. Slow to idle as you approach skier, moving in on the driver’s side.
• Shut off engine while skier climbs into or out of boat. Discourage skiers from boarding over transom.
• High speed landings cause injuries. When skiing into shore, reduce speed and parallel the landing area at a safe distance.
• Do not tow non-swimmers or weak swimmers unless they wear an approved and appropriate flotation device.
If someone falls overboard, follow these procedures:
• Toss a life-saving device even if the person can swim. A life ring is the preferred device. It can be thrown farther and is easier to hang on to. However, use whatever device is nearest. Time is essential.
• Slow the boat, keeping the person in view. Other persons onboard should act as look outs. At night, direct the best possible lights on the victim.
• Try to approach the person from downwind or into the waves. Always use common sense and good judgment. Consider existing condition and ability of the victim and what other help is available. If someone aboard is capable, have the person put on a life-saving device with a line attached to the boat and enter the water to assist the person.
• Always stop the motor when someone is going over the side, or coming aboard.
• Assist the person in boarding the boat. It is difficult to climb into a boat from the water. The person may be hurt or cold and may require help.
• Wearing a Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) is your only guarantee against drowning.
• Do not overload the boat.
• Avoid horseplay.
• Have PDF’s readily available for everyone.
• In small boats, remain seated.
• Trim boat by placing passengers and gear in balance.
• Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
• Check weather forecasts.
• Ventilate bilges before starting engine.
• Be sure your boat is basically equipped.
• Know and obey the rules of the road.
• Post a lookout for bathers, fishermen, swimmers, debris.
• Reduce speed in harbors and in confined areas. Avoid excessive speed.
• Make no sharp turns at high speed.
• Watch your wake! You could be responsible for injury or damage caused by it.
• In rough water, stay low in the boat and cross waves at a slight angle.
• Keep red-buoys on your right when traveling upstream.
• Tying up to buoys or anchoring in channels is forbidden.
• Carry sufficient tools for minor repairs.
• Stop smoking and extinguish all fires.
• Close all vents, doors, hatches.
• Ground the nozzle to tank opening.
• Portable tanks should be filled outside of boat.
• Ventilate engine compartment before starting.
Always Have the Following Items in Your Boat:
• Personal flotation device
• Emergency radio
• Bailing device
• Whistle or horn
• Fire extinguisher
• First aid kit
I hope you take the time to go over these safety tips with those you’ll be enjoying the warm weather months with on Lake Nacimiento! We all want to have a great summer and being aware of safety precautions will keep accidents at bay!
If you have any further questions about living on Lake Nacimiento, or are searching for a home in Oak Shores or Heritage Ranch on Lake Nacimiento; please let me know! I would love to help you find a vacation or permanent home that you’ll enjoy for years to come!
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