The Boating Safety Seven

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This spring, remember the boating safety seven! These are seven simple tips that serve as a helpful reminder to always boat safe while recreating on the water.

  • #1 – Wear a life jacket. Make sure everyone wears a life jacket – every time. A stowed life jacket serves no purpose in an emergency.
  • #2 – Take a boating safety course. Gain valuable knowledge and on-water experience in a boating safety course with many options for novice to experienced boaters.
  • #3 – Carry all required safe boating gear. Schedule a free vessel safety check with local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons to make sure all essential equipment is present, working, and in good condition.
  • #4 – Use an engine cut-off switch – it’s the law. An engine cut-off switch is a proven safety device to stop a powerboat engine should the operator unexpectedly fall overboard.
  • #5 – Make a float plan. Always let someone on shore know the trip itinerary, including operator and passenger information, boat type and registration, and communication equipment on board before you leave the dock.
  • #6 – Watch the weather. Always check the forecast before departing on the water and frequently during the excursion.
  • #7 – Never boat under the influence. A BUI is involved in one-third of all recreational boating fatalities. Always designate a sober skipper.

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