State Parks Reminds Boaters To Be Cautious Of Early Spring Cold Water - The Fisherman

State Parks Reminds Boaters To Be Cautious Of Early Spring Cold Water

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) reminds boaters of the dangers of cold water. OPRHP recommends to boaters and paddlers that, even in the first few weeks of spring, the water is still very cold, and precautions should be taken.

“Even though the calendar has turned to spring, we recommend you protect yourself as the temperature fluctuates during the day, night and on our waterways,” said New York State Parks Commissioner Pro Tempore Randy Simons. “Our top priority is ensuring that New Yorkers and visitors are safe. Please wear a life jacket, insulated clothing and, for the solar eclipse, make sure to protect your eyes. Our park personnel are welcoming visitors from near and far and want it to be safe and memorable.”

OPRHP reminds park patrons to please keep in mind the following for safe boating:

  • Research the weather and water conditions before you go. Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature
  • Dress in layers and avoid wearing cotton
  • If you are on or near the water, wear your life jacket
  • If you are going out on a boat that is less than 21’ in length, you must wear a lifejacket, regardless of age (applicable between November 1 – May 1)
  • As always, use the buddy system, make sure someone knows your plans for the day
  • Carry your cell phone in a water-proof bag, bring a light, whistle or other sound producing device

Additionally, in 2024, all operators of motorized vessels born on or after January 1, 1978, need to carry a safe boating certificate while operating motorized vessels, including personal watercraft. Starting January 1, 2025, a safety certificate will be required of all operators, regardless of age. Both in-person and online options are available for earning a certificate. To learn more, visit: https://parks.ny.gov/boating/education.aspx.

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