Watch out for banana boat disasters! Use these tips to stay safe

On Behalf of | May 23, 2020 | Firm News

A banana boat is a unique kind of boat that you can ride on while very close to the water. This inflatable ride is usually shaped like a banana and yellow, which is how it got its name.

The boat is hitched to a speed boat, which pulls it along quickly in its wake. It’s a fun recreational activity, but it does have some hazards. For example, you are being pulled at a high speed, so if you fall off, you could end up getting hurt.

What are some tips for staying safe while on a banana boat?

While you’re on a banana boat, one of the best things you can do is to wear your life jacket. It should be a U.S. Coast Guard Type III vest.

Another thing to keep in mind is that a banana boat should not be used by those who cannot swim. Even though you do have a life jacket, you want to be able to swim back to shore if you come off the banana boat. You may also need to tread water until the boat can come back to get you.

Banana boats have a specific weight capacity as well as a specific number of people who can ride on it at one time. If the limits are broken, the boat could lose its balance, which could be dangerous for those on board.

It’s also important to avoid performing stunts while you’re on the boat. It might feel like a good idea to stand up or jump on the boat, but that could end up causing serious injuries if you fall.

Of course, with any boating activity, it is important to look over the area where you’ll be riding for rocks and debris. Your banana boat should not go over 15 mph, and you should have a way to speak to the driver in an emergency.

Riding on a banana boat could be an exciting afternoon event, but it can also lead to serious injuries if the boat isn’t driven safely. If you are a tourist who has ridden on a boat that has popped, crashed or otherwise led to your injuries, then you should know that you may be able to hold the company running the activity responsible for your injuries. The company needs to verify that the boat is in good condition and that the lake or ocean is safe before towing anyone on a banana boat.