One of the biggest attractions of the Tahoe region is Lake Tahoe itself, with an amazing 72 miles of shoreline and plethora of beaches it’s no wonder the area sees thousands of visitors each year. Whilst there is plenty of fun to be had on dry land those looking to enjoy the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe will not be disappointed. The lake offers a wide variety of activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing and boating.

Water Safety

Whilst time spent on the water in Lake Tahoe can be fun there are a few precautions that need to be taken when out on the water. If you are out on a boat you should make sure that you have all the relevant safety equipment on board that is a legal requirement. This includes life jackets, fire extinguishers, flares and appropriate ventilation on the gas engines. If you have rented the boat from one of the Lake Tahoe rental vendors then they should show you where all the safety equipment can be found on board. Lake Tahoe has many underwater obstacles that are clearly marked by white buoys, for your own safety when boating on Lake Tahoe you should keep these hazard buoys between your boat and the shoreline to avoid collisions.

Life Jackets

Being an alpine lake means that the water temperature of Lake Tahoe is cold all year long, for this reason whenever you are on the water a life jacket should be worn at all times. This rule applies to all water activities and not just boating, the cold water can cause hypothermia after sudden immersion meaning you may not be able to swim to safety under your own steam; this is why life jackets are so important.

Don’t Drink On the Water

The consumption of alcohol while boating is one of the biggest causes of accidents and injuries and in some cases fatalities. Operating a boat whilst you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a federal crime which may lead to a fine of up to $5000 as well as a year in prison. If you plan on partying while out on the water make sure you have a designated non drinking driver to make sure that everyone is safe.

Keep these simple safety tips in mind whilst enjoying your time on the waters of Lake Tahoe to make sure you and your friends stay safe.