Boating Season Has Arrived: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

April 8, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 6:39 PM EDT

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April 8, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 6:39 PM EDT

Now that the warmer temperatures are finally here, people are dusting off their boats and putting them in the water.

Before you take your boat out, the Coast Guard has a few safety tips.

First, always wear a life jacket. It is the law for people of all ages on a boat 21 inches or smaller.

Also, be careful of the ice out on the water that has not melted yet.

"Hypothermia can set in really quick if you fall overboard so you want to make sure you are prepared with the right gear all the time, " said Geoffery Haywood, Petty Officer 2nd Class, U.S. Coast Guard.

Also, always have a cell phone on you in a waterpoof bag in case of an emergency.

"We can work with 911 and help us position where the boat is at," said Haywood.

Also, always be aware of changing conditions and other boaters out on the water.

Haywood says it is not too early to take your boat out for a ride as long as you are cautious.