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Avoid Common Boating Mistakes: Take These Essential Driving Lessons

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Boat Rentals can be a fun and exciting activity for you and your friends and family, but it can also be dangerous if you’re not careful. To avoid accidents and mishaps on the water, it’s essential to take driving lessons before you start operating a boat. Here we will discuss the most common boating mistakes and the essential driving lessons you need to take to avoid them.

Mistake #1: Not Knowing How to Handle the Boat

One of the most common boating mistakes is not knowing how to handle the boat, especially the throttle handle. The throttle handle is your gas peddle and your brake. Being in control of the boat is to be in control of the throttle handle. Not understanding the throttle handle can result in accidents or collisions. To avoid this mistake, you need to take basic driving lessons, such as how to steer the boat, how to maneuver it in different conditions, and how to operate the throttle controls.

Mistake #2: Not Understanding Navigation Rules

Another common mistake is not understanding the navigation rules. Boating requires following specific rules to ensure the safety of everyone on the water. These rules cover everything from speed limits and right of way to signaling and docking procedures. To avoid making this mistake, you need to take lessons on navigation rules and regulations. Lake Wylie is pretty easy. But if you take our driving lessons we will go over the simple rules you need to know.

Mistake #3: Not Checking the Weather Conditions

Boating in bad weather conditions can be extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, many boaters make the mistake of not checking the weather forecast before heading out. To avoid this mistake, you need to learn how to check weather conditions and understand how to interpret weather reports. You also need to learn how to read the water and identify signs of changing weather conditions. We suggest ALL boat renters to download the MyRadar app on their phone. This is a free app that will help you know the weather that is approaching the lake.

Mistake #4: Not Wearing a Life Jacket

Wearing a life jacket is essential for boating safety, but many boaters make the mistake of not wearing one or not wearing one properly. Simply put, if you are getting in the water, wear a life jacket. If you don’t know how to swim or you are under the age of 13, then you need to have a life jacket on at all times.

Mistake #5: Not Having Proper Equipment and Supplies

Boating requires having the proper equipment and supplies on board. As the largest and most premier boat rental facility on Lake Wylie, we provide everything you will need. Don’t worry about equipment on board. You DO NEED to make sure you watch the orientation video before arrival so you can be familiar with the boat and where the equipment is stored.


Taking essential driving lessons is crucial for avoiding common boating mistakes and ensuring your safety on the water. By learning how to handle the boat, following navigation rules, checking weather conditions, wearing a life jacket, and having the proper equipment and supplies, you can enjoy boating to the fullest while staying safe and responsible.