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  • Writer's pictureCarly Dibble

Let's Higher Your Lake IQ

The long weekend is over and I can't help but look forward to the next. Many memories are made on the lake. Families and friends from all over the country flock to our small town to enjoy each others company on the water. Why not make it as safe as possible?

A boaters license is required to drive a boat, but nobody tells you what to actually expect when you're on the water. I've always wondered how many people take their test who have never actually been on the water or in a boat? Kind of scary!

Luckily, I grew up with family (and their friends) teaching me how to be the best boater that I could be. My dad made me get my license to drive a boat before he even let me get one to drive a car. I have some friends that were raised the same so we joke around that our "Lake IQ" is higher than most. The lake can be the most fun place to relax and let loose, but there are still rules.

Whether it's the law or just common sense, here are a few things you should know. This goes out to the captain AND everyone else on the boat.

*In no particular order*

SIT DOWN - You cannot be standing up when the boat is moving. This is a law. You are asking to be pulled over. No, standing up and holding onto the boat doesn't make it okay.

YOUR BUTT GOES ON A SEAT - Same as above. You cannot sit on the back of the seat, just like your momma doesn't want you sitting on the back of her couch. It isn't safe when the boat is moving.

GET INVITED BACK - If you are heading out on a friends boat, you should offer some gas money. Filling up a boat with gas is much more expensive than (most) vehicles. Your captain might say no, but slip them a $10 or $20 anyway. Along with that - bring snacks or extra drinks even if everyone says they've got it covered. Gas, drinks, and snacks are something you can't have enough of.

NO WAKE ZONE - You saw this posted by the boat docks, but it applies to SO much more. We allll know you want to throw your kids off the tube or do all those donuts on your JetSki. Find a cove WITHOUT boats anchored and tied together. Yes, you may have to search for one. Nobody wants to spend their day holding boats from hitting together.

DON'T BE TRASHY - For the love of all that is holy, DO NOT - I repeat - DO NOT throw trash in the lake. Do not let your friends sink bottles, ever. I don't care if "Nobody is around to see it." If you see trash when you're cruising down the lake, spend 30 seconds to stop and grab it. Every single boat dock will be more than happy to give you a trash bag if you forgot one that day.

EMBRACE THE WAVE - Nope, not the waves in the water. You're in South now which means Southern hospitality and we wave to strangers around here. Just a little wave back will suffice. Let your kids know about this and watch them wave to strangers with a smile on their face all day.

I know I could keep on going with these, but I'll stop for now.

What is an Unspoken Lake Rule you love?

Enjoy ~ Happy Boating!


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