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Experts offer tips for a safe boating season

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BELTON LAKE, TX (KXXV) -

As boaters hit the water, so are members of Flotilla 5-7.

Vice Commander Alvin Dillard says it may be a little early in the season for boating.

"It's hot out here, but the water is still cool. Even at 80 degrees, a person can still catch hypothermia," Dillard said. 

This is one of the many reasons people are encouraged to use caution and have their safety equipment ready anytime they are on the water. 

"The basic equipment required by Texas Park and Wildlife is a sounding device, and this can be a whistle..." Dillard said. 

And of course... a life vest.

"In the state of Texas, there are requirements for children -- who must be wearing it -- and adults must have it readily available," Dillard added. 

Mark Prentice was in the Coast Guard for 22 years before joining the Flotilla. He said along with a life jacket, you should always have three points of contact while in the water. 

"So basically what I'm talking about is your two feet are on something and your hand is on something," Prentice said. 

Prentice also says it's good to stay as up-to-date as possible on how to boat safely.

"I teach the boating safety class typically from March to November every second Saturday," Prentice said. 

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