February is a time to celebrate love, and what better way to do that than by the water? Of course, this is a safety blog, so today we’re talking about Valentine’s Day water safety. Let’s explore some fun water activities for a night of romance. At the same time, we’ll discuss keeping everyone safe and secure.
Cruising in Style
For some, a romantic boating excursion under the stars may be just the ticket. Plenty of companies offer a candlelit dinner on a cruise ship. These trips only last a few hours, but the memories they provide can last a lifetime.
Even better, why not take a boat out yourself? Consider enrolling in a boating safety course
. Beyond knowing the basics, it can also teach you to become better prepared for an emergency situation on the water. It may not be relaxing to consider Valentine’s Day water safety, but it certainly pays to be prepared. It's always a good idea to learn proper safety measures, even if you're not operating the vessel yourself.
The BoatUS Foundation is one organization that offers boating safety courses. For more information, visit their official website
Relaxing in a Hot Tub
If you're looking for a cozy night in, a hot tub might be just the ticket. That said, it's important to remember some basic safety tips. First and foremost, don't stay in the hot tub for too long. As we often remind our readers, it is crucial to take breaks. That is true for strong sunlight
, shoveling snow and
the hot tub
When in doubt, take a break. Overheating can be dangerous and lead to serious health issues. It's also crucial to be aware that more people drown in hot tubs than one might think.
Additionally, make sure to keep an eye on the temperature of the hot tub. The recommended temperature is usually between 100-102 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping safety in mind will not detract from a romantic evening. For more information, check out our comprehensive blog on hot tub safety.
A Delicious Meal by the Marina
Of course, maybe you don’t want to even go in the water. Instead, make reservations at a local marina and enjoy some picturesque views while you eat. A delightful dinner with a stunning view of the water can set a romantic mood this Valentine's Day.
However, it is always important to exercise caution near the water. Swimming near marinas is never safe, so stay at the restaurant! Marinas are not equipped for swimming and pose numerous hazards, such as electrical shock, drowning, or being hit by boats.
Valentine’s Day Water Safety: Alcohol and the Open Waters Don’t Mix
As Valentine's Day approaches, it's a time to celebrate love and friendship. While it is common to enjoy a drink or two on this special occasion, remember that drinking alcohol and being on the open seas do not mix. Avoid alcohol consumption when on, or even near, the water. Believe it or not, this rule includes hot tubs.
Contrary to what many believe, drinking alcohol while in or near the water
can be quite dangerous. It can result in falling asleep in the water or general drowning danger. For safety’s sake, we recommend refraining from alcohol until you are safely back on dry land.