Each year, February marks the season of love. We can celebrate Valentine’s Day anywhere, even by the water. For today’s blog, let’s explore some great locations for a Valentine’s Day on the water…and some ways to stay safe.

Valentine’s Day on the Water: Take a Night Cruise

First and foremost, a romantic cruise can be just the ticket to an enchanted Valentine’s Day on the water.

Before we go any further, let’s address the elephant in the room. As of this writing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises all of us to avoid cruise travel. This recommendation is for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. According to a recent update from the CDC, there has been an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases reported among cruise passengers and crew members.

To learn more, you can visit the official CDC website for up-to-the-minute information. The recommendations and science are always evolving, so it pays to check on these regularly.

All of that said, you don’t need to be a fancy vacation. A nighttime candlelit cruise with dinner and dancing might be all you need. After all, what could be more romantic than a boating excursion under the stars?

Still, Valentine’s Day on the water can be an enchanted experience any time of the year. Regardless of pandemic precautions, there are still other safety measures to consider. For example, consider taking a boating safety course before striking out on the water. Even though you won’t be operating the cruise ship, you will likely want to know how to act in an emergency.

The BoatUS Foundation is one organization that offers boating courses. To learn more, take a look at their official website.

Dinner at the Marina 

If you live near a marina, you probably know of a few romantic spots to grab a bite to eat. A good meal and scenic views of a Valentine’s Day on the water can create a magical atmosphere.

That said, be extremely careful near the water. As we’ve written in the past, it is never safe to swim near a marina. These areas simply are not designed for swimming. Besides a lack of lifeguards, there are a multitude of potential dangers. These can include electric shock, drowning or even being struck by boats while on the water. For a happy and healthy Valentine’s Day on the water, stay out of the marina waters!

Valentine’s Day at Home: Hot Tub Time 

On the other hand, maybe you aren’t looking for a big night out. Sometimes you just want a cozy evening at home. This may be especially true if you have a hot tub! This is often a recipe for a delightful evening, but don’t forget basic safety lessons.

Above all, don’t spend too much time in the hot tub. If your body overheats, it can be quite dangerous. Far more people drown in hot tubs than many of us realize.

Additionally, monitor the temperature of your hot tub. The suggested temperature is usually 100-102 degrees. Don’t go any higher than that, and don’t be afraid to take breaks. Safety isn’t going to ruin a romantic evening. To learn more, read our full blog about hot tub safety.

Drinking Alcohol and Water Danger

Valentine’s Day is often a time to relax. Many people love to have a drink or two. That’s all well and good, unless you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day on the water. Take it easy with any alcohol consumption, because alcohol and being on the water do not mix. In fact, combining the two can easily lead to a potentially deadly drowning situation. Instead, save the drinks for when you are safely out of the water. This precaution could save your Valentine’s Day…and your life!