Remember float tubing is a fun and relaxing outdoor activity and we should always try to keep it that way. So for us to keep it this way we should always remember that our personal safety is paramount. Catching fish is never more important and should always be no more than second when float tubing. Below is a list of supplies that will be needed and should be considered when setting out for a trip.
Safety Item Check List
1. Life Jacket – Most lake near me require it just to get in the park.
2. Loud Whistle or Noise making device – This is a good way to let other boats know that you are there, must of use sit very low in the water and cannot be seen very well.
3. High Visibility Material – Most tubes have this on the back rest bright orange or yellows, if it is not there wear a bright colored hat. Or I have seen some people use orange flags off there tubes.
4. Swim Fins – A must if in a tube or belly boat without oars.
5. Anchor – To hold you in one sport if the wind is to stronge.
6. Wide Brim Hat and Sunblock Sun Glasses – More for personal comfort and just helping you to last longer out on the water.
7. Drinking Water – to keep you hydrated whether in hot weather or cold weather.
8. Stay Close to shore – Getting to far out from shore in always a risk, if you are close you can get to shore faster if something should go wrong.
9. Tube with a Buddy – If you can always have a buddy with you or at the very least let people know were you are at.
I know must of us are aware of these things, and think why should we need to go over these understood items. But not everyone think the same and to enjoy yourself on any outing, is to come home safe and share your stories with everyone else. I have three kids and understand the need for safety better because of this so I would like to make sure everyone else is safe as well. So take what you want from this but always remember be safe and stay floating my friends.