GRDA Offers Safe Boating Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2021

Headed out to Grand Lake or another area body of water to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday? If so, the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department reminds you to Boat Safe, Boat Smart, Boat Sober and to ALWAYS wear your life jacket.

The countdown to Memorial Day Weekend is underway. Not only does the upcoming holiday weekend mark the traditional beginning of the summer boating season on Grand and Hudson, but it will also be one of the busiest weekends on the lakes.

As thousands of boaters and lake enthusiasts return to the waters, the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department is taking the opportunity to remind them to “Boat Safe, Boat Smart and Boat Sober” all summer long.

Of course, safe boating begins with proper life jacket usage, and that is a message the GRDA Police promotes year-round. GRDA is proud to join with the National Safe Boating Council to recognize May 22 – 28 as National Safe Boating Week and takes this opportunity to pass these important life jacket tips:

Meanwhile, smart boating happens when boaters are acquainted with the vessel they will be operating and the area they will be visiting on the water. With that in mind, GRDA also offers the following smart boating tips:

Finally, GRDA Police continue to stress the importance of boating sober. According to statistics from the United States Coast Guard (USCG), alcohol use is a contributing factor in a third of all recreational boating fatalities. Alcohol use can affect a boat operator’s judgment, vision, balance and coordination. These impairments then increase the likelihood of accidents for both passengers and operators. USCG data shows that in boating deaths involving alcohol use, over half the victims capsized their boats and/or fell overboard.

If you have an emergency and need immediate assistance while on the water, the GRDA Police encourages you to dial 911. If you do not have a cell phone available on your boat, you can also radio for help on Marine Band 16. The department’s non-emergency number is (918) 256-0911.