GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The weather is warming up, and many people will head out boats soon.
But there are some preparations to take before hitting the water.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission says 19 people died in 17 boating accidents in North Carolina, last year.
"People look at these things and think, 'oh, they're easy to operate, I can do that, and a lot of times they are," Brandon Schroll with Boats Unimited said. "When you get in a particular situation, all of a sudden, things can happen, and it can get out of control pretty quick, so that boater safety course can help you get through that."
Safety experts say check the engine, the battery, and mirrors.Also, make sure you stock your boat with life jackets, a fire extinguisher, and a whistle.