Every boat owner should carefully review
Coast Guard regulations before going on the water. Once you have satisfied
the requirements set for your particular style of boat, consider further
ways you can ensure the safest boating experience for you and your family.
Always take a boat safety course before you go
on to the water.
Do not operate your boat without a kill switch.
Be sure everything on the boat is secured. Tether down fishing rods,
tie down or wedge your cooler, store your jackets, hats and jackets.
Remember, it just takes a bit of speed and wind to make your fishing
rod a dangerous projectile.
Everyone must be wearing a personal floatation device, or pft. If
you are boating with children, it is just as important for you to be
wearing a pft as it is the children. If an accident occurs, saving yourself
will be the only way you can save your children. On that note, do not
think that if you are out by yourself that it is alright to forego
a pft. After all, if something happens and you fall in the water, who
will be there to help? Be sure the pft you choose is suited to your
type of boating, whether salt water, fresh, slow boating or fast.
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All passengers should be sitting and be in plain view. If you have
pedestal seats, lower them and do not allow passengers to ride on them
while the boat is in motion.
Slow down when passing other boaters.
Take on wakes slowly, and straight into the bow. Angle your boat into
the waves. You cannot afford to knock a passenger overboard.
Be sure your motor is an appropriate size for your boat.
Equip your boat correctly.
Never drink alcohol while boating.
If a storm approaches while you are on the water, immediately get
to safe harbor.
When you launch your boat, be sure the area is clear both in the water