Monday, September 1 2014, 06:21 PM EDT
Labor Day Boating Safety
Rick Wielbrauda and his family loaded up their boat for Labor Day on the water.
"We're gonna go on a nice afternoon cruise up to Chester Frost," he said. "There will be thousands of people up there. You can walk across the boats almost, so much fun and a great way to celebrate Labor Day.
Rick has two boys, John and Joseph. He is making sure they know the rules of the water, and how to get the boat ready.
"So the first thing is boat prep," he said. "We have it inspected by the coast guard, routine things, fire extinguishers, number of life jackets, do you have a throw pillow?"
They took off this morning from the Lakeshore Marina in Chattanooga, where phones have been ringing off the hook with people calling ahead for their boats to be ready.
"It's been insane," said Shanleigh Alder. "But we've got a really good system, everyone calls when they want their boat, and the fork lift gets them one by one."
There are more than 300 boats at the marina, most of them in dry storage.
Alder is helping things run smoothly, adding, that she has been boating since birth.
She wants to remind anyone driving the boat that if they were born in or after 1989, they must have the TWRA issued Boating Safety Education Certificate.
"I think it's really important because a lot of people go out and drive the boat and don't realize there are laws-they need to know the legal limits for drinking and what side of the buoys to be on."
The blood alcohol limit is .08. But boaters said even though you are being safe and following the rules, it is still fun.
"I will practice safe boating," said Kelly Turner before he headed out to the water. "Life jackets, don't drink and drive. Still have a good time."