JACKSON, Wyo. — It’s boating season! Whether you are out running the Snake River canyon, charging down smaller creeks like the Gros Ventre, bobbing on Jackson Lake, or pursuing trout sipping Salmon flies, preparedness is the key to success.
Good preparation can make any day on the water great. While poor preparation can lead to disaster.
The Snake River Fund encourages all boaters to take the time before heading out this season to dress for success, rig to flip, and prepare for the unexpected. The week of May 22 – 28 is National Safe Boating Week. Just like checking the batteries in your smoke detector, it’s time to inspect your lifejacket, ropes, and rigging for wear and tear. Replace old and worn-out gear. Have an appropriate life jacket for everyone in your party. Make sure you’ve got an adequate first aid kit and knowledge of its contents.
If you’re unsure about the condition of your current gear or are thinking about purchasing new equipment be sure to visit local retailers Rendezvous River Sports and Leisure Sports for a professional opinion. Remember: The safest life jacket is the one you will wear!
Good river training comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Check out the below links for a variety of local course offerings to improve your on-water safety skills:
Nothing beats heading out for another day on the river or lake!