Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.


Before boating:

  • Take a safety course
  • Check
    • Weather forecast
    • Check tides
    • Check chart(s) for water depths
  • Ensure operator:
    • Has taken a safety course
    • Is familiar with the boat
    • Has not consumed alcohol
    • Ensure boat is safe, e.g.:
    • Navigation lights operational
    • Passed safety inspection(s)
    • Registered
    • Ensure boat has following on board:
    • Life preservers for everyone
    • Compass
    • Fire extinguisher(s)
    • Signal devices
    • Something to bail with
    • Provisions, e.g., water
    • Extra fuel
    • Warm clothing
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Wear a life preserver

While boating:

  • Observe rules of the road
  • Ensure driver doesn't drink alcohol
  • Regularly check for water leaking into boat

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