A marina is easy to spot. The specially designed harbor is generally shaped in a semicircle and filled with small boats. The entrances are usually fairly small and provide protection during a windy day or a storm.
“If you need to get somewhere safely, that’s one of the main benefits of having marinas is it kind of gives a little bit more quiet water,” says Cailyn Settelmeyer, Fort Stevenson Park Ranger.
On warm summer days, you’ll see many heading out onto the lake to enjoy the sunshine and sparkling water.
“There’s definitely a lot of traffic in and out of the marina itself, especially since that’s where our boat launches are normally,” says Settelmeyer.
Because the Marina is so popular, it is important to make sure that everyone is aware of basic water safety.”
“Your most important piece of safety equipment on the boat is your life jacket,” says Nathan Busche, Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resource Specialist.
There’s more than one type, and it’s essential to find one that fits you and the water activities you are doing.
“The most popular one is a Type III jacket that you see out there for most of the folks like to wear, but now, they’re becoming more popular is the Type V, the inflatable just because it’s more comfortable to wear,” says Busche.
Whether you’re on the lake or just nearby, you have to stay aware of your surroundings.
“When I was five years old, I almost drowned in Wisconsin. And I think they learn better from authority than from parents, and grandparents,” says Laurie Hedstrom, Grandmother.
Hedstrom and her family spend many summer weekends at the lake, so teaching her grandkids water safety was a priority.
“We own a boat and they wear life jackets all the time, but I think this will help them more too, about the sizes for one,” says Hedstrom.
Staying safe on the water.