It is no secret that the fall season has (finally) come around to the mountains of East Tennessee. Fall is a fan favorite among your friends at the Carefree Boat Club, and not only for its signature foliage display and prime weather, but because you can enjoy the perks of the season minus dreading the pain of winterizing your watercraft. We love that our members get to enjoy these last sweet remaining weeks until winter, maybe by camping or hiking, or hot cocoa and star-watching, but we like to remind everyone of a few safety components of lake life-to keep things enjoyable!
As always, we encourage utilization of life-jackets at all times when in the water, and for weak and non-swimmers when on the watercraft. The Carefree Boat Club provides eight lifejackets on each of our boats for member usage-but any overflow of eight guests will have to come prepared with their own! Or simply ask your friendly Carefree Boat Club dock hand for a few extra. This point especially gains importance as the water temperatures are dropping, and an accidental slip will result in more initial shock than one might expect. Secondly, be sure to keep one eye on the weather. Autumn storms can materialize swiftly, and can often come accompanied by strong winds, rains, and rapid temperature drops. As a boat captain, be sure you are familiarized with lights, as the sun is setting earlier in the evening.
It is highly important to stay keen on every aspect of boat safety, to maximize safety and enjoyment for both yourself and others. Don’t forget about filling in the check-in/check-out sheets supplied on each boat, before and after every ride. These sheets are also helpful in checking all the boxes of safe boating and locating the resources needed in the event of an emergency. Let’s keep the boating energy going right into fall…but don’t forget, safety is key!
Contributor: Carefree Boat Club of Tennessee