Review Questions Personal Safety

Answer these questions by circling T for true or F for false.

1. The ability to swim and float is basic to personal safety on the water T F

2. You don't need sunscreen and sunglasses when you're boating, because it is cooler on the water than on the land T F

3. Dizziness and excessive sweating are early symptoms of hyperthermia..T F

4. Symptoms of the early stages of hypothermia include being unable to speak or walk, and losing consciousness T F

5. Drinking fluids, such as caffeinated sodas and tea, is the best way to prevent hyperthermia T F

6. Long exposure to loud noise from your boat's engine can be a stress factor T F

Turn to page 88 for correct answers.

Don't drink and drive!


In California, it is against the law for anyone to operate a boat or motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more. People under the age of 21 who are convicted of operating a boat or motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.01 percent or higher can lose their privilege of getting or keeping a driver's license.


Drinking alcoholic beverages will not prevent hypothermia. Alcohol opens tiny blood vessels in your body and brings more blood to the surface of the skin, giving you a false sense of warmth. Actually, the increased blood flow near the skin's surface increases the loss of body heat.

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