Boating Safety

 The Do's and Don'ts of Boating Safety:

  • Wear a life jacket, they float, you don't.
  • Know the water and the environment you will be boating in.
  • Keep a good lookout while underway.
  • Shut your engine off when people are in the water near your boat.
  • Observe the nautical rules-of-the-road.
  • Check the weather forecast before getting underway.
  • Keep a balanced load and trim boat.
  • Don't Overload your boat.
  • Don't stand in a small boat.
  • Don't ride on the gunwale, bow, seatbacks, or anyplace that is not designed for riding.
  • Don't drink and boat!

Tips for Using a Life Jacket:

  • Buy your own personal life jacket and use it. One size does not fit all. There may not be one available that fits to rent or borrow.
  • Look at the label. It will provide weight, size and use information.
  • Try it on and check the fit. When the buckles and straps are secured, it should not slip over your head or come above your ears.
  • Never use water toys in place of a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket. It could lose its effectiveness.
  • Check your life jackets yearly for floatation and fit.
  • Wear a life jacket to set an example for younger children while you increase your chances of survival.

Eight Reasons to take a Boating Safety Course!

  • Protect your investments
  • Protect your family
  • Save money on boat insurance
  • Teach your family new skills
  • Relax with confidence
  • Learn the written and unwritten rules of the road
  • Reduce your risk of liability
  • Deep down, you know you should

Which Class is Right for You?

Local Sheriff's Department - Marine Safety Division

Call: Your local sheriff's department and ask for the Marine Division

U.S. Power Squadron
Call: 1.800.336.BOAT (2628)

U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary
Call: 1.800.336.2628

Local Community Schools
Call: School district office, local community college,
or chamber of commerce