A responsible vessel operator takes a certified course in first aid and CPR. Doing so enables you to respond quickly in emergency situations and to provide immediate care until the victim can be treated by a physician. When out boating, it can take a long time to get medical help.
A responsible vessel operator also keeps a first-aid kit on board. It should be waterproof and include:
- An extra towel
- Antiseptic medications and lotions
- Aspirin or aspirin substitute
- Assorted gauze adhesive bandages and pads
- Cotton and cotton swabs
- Latex gloves