Living in Florida we have friends and family who are boaters. Every once in a while we are fortunate enough to be invited to head out into the Gulf for a day of sun and fun. Boating is an expensive pass time and safety is very important when you are heading out on the water.
Sea Tow is a service for boaters that is like roadside assistance for drivers. Boaters select the membership level that is right for them. Choose from a Lake Card, Gold Card, Corporate Card, Commercial Card or Professional Mariner’s Card.
Sea Tow Membership Includes
- 24/7 priority service
- Fuel Drops
- Covered Ungroundings
- Nationwide Coverage
- Access to expert Sea Tow captains for local knowledge, navigational assistance and more.
- Savings and Discounts
- Free Automated Radio Checks (where available)
- $5000 Universal Towing Coverage (most memberships)
- Dock-to-Dock Tows (most memberships)
- Sea Tow has a free app available for iOS and Android phones. The app includes weather and tide information, a compass and speedometer.
A year of a Sea Tow Gold Card membership equals $0.46 a day or $169. The average cost of one tow without Sea Tow is $600+. I know if I were a boat owner, I wouldn’t be caught without Sea Tow.
The Sea Tow Foundation for Boating Safety and Education has a website full of important information including Safety Resources, Communication information and Navigation Charts. The Sea Tow Foundation, through your donations, supplies the Life Jacket Loaner Stations so that everyone on your boat can be safe.
Before hitting the water, make sure you have packed everything you need for a safe day out. Sunblock, lots of drinking water, healthy snacks, hats, sunglasses are all important for a fun day on the boat. If you are looking for some healthy snacks, Sea Tow has 3 healthy recipes for you to try.
Keeping inquisitive kids safe while boating takes additional education. The Sea Tow Foundation created the following infographic for getting your kids involved in boating safety. Kids love to be given jobs and responsibility and this checklist does just that.
I know my boys would have loved to be put in charge of that safety checklist before they headed out on the boat with Uncle Mike. Not only does it educate them and get them involved, having a child who is a bit timid about being out on the water help with the safety check, can help the relax and their fears subside when they know you have taken every precaution to be safe.
Are you a boater? Are you a Sea Tow member? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this program whether you have used it or not.