Safety Reminders

Safety Reminders
News - 5/5/2020
We have experienced an increase in the use of paddled craft so far this spring.  I guess it is understandable since many of you are stuck at home and it is a great way to get out and get some fresh air and exercise.  Unfortunately, we are also seeing many of the rules for the safe operation of paddled craft being violated on a daily basis.  Whether this is due to people being first time paddlers (having discovered the activity while working from home), or simply due to the fact that it’s been a long winter, it is clearly time for a reminder.  These are the rules being violated most often by swimmers, paddlers and power-boaters:

Non-Powerboat Operating Rules

Boats other than Powerboats must remain between the buoy line and shore at all times unless:
  1. the Boat is a sailboat,
  2. the Boat is directly crossing the Lake, and persons in the Boat are wearing either an orange ANSI-approved High Visibility Safety Vest or an orange ANSI-approved High Visibility Life Jacket,
  3. the Boat is directly crossing the Lake and is accompanied by a Powerboat, or
  4. the Boat is a rowing scull and persons in the Boat are wearing either an orange ANSI-approved High Visibility Safety Vest or an orange ANSI-approved High Visibility Life Jacket.

Powerboat Operating Rules

Swim Zones.  Areas contained by orange buoy lines are designated swim zones. Powerboats may not operate under power inside of a swim zone, except:
  1. To travel to or from the shore or a dock; or
  2. To access canals, West Bay, Half Moon Bay or the north side of Waluga Island.
Boats may not exceed the following speeds in any area:
  1. From one half hour after sunset until sunrise: 8 MPH
  2. From sunrise until one half hour after sunset: 40 MPH
Night Lights. Boats may not be Operated on the Lake before sunrise or after sunset without illuminated navigation lights. Boats in motion must illuminate their bow and stern lights. Boats not in motion must illuminate, at minimum, their stern anchor light.
Boat Spotlights.  High powered spotlights (including tower lights) may only be used to provide safe ingress and egress to shore or in emergency situations.  This also include sdown lights and accent lights as they may blind or confuse other drivers.

Swimmers

Swimming more than 100 feet from a shoreline or dock is not allowed unless the swimmer is closely accompanied by a Boat with a swimmer lookout.
Let’s make this a great summer by making sure all members of your household are observing safety practices put in place for the protection of all lake users.