Boating Safety

The primary mission of the Boating Division is Boating Safety. Although there are inherent risks in virtually any sport, a well-educated boater who uses common sense and courtesy on the water contributes to everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

The major cause of boating accidents is collisions with other boats or objects. The sober boater who keeps a good lookout and knows the Rules of the Road is unlikely to be involved in a collision.

The major cause of boating fatalities is drowning. Seventy-five percent of those who drown are not wearing life jackets also known as Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs). The watchwords are, "A LIFE JACKET FLOATS! YOU DON’T! WEAR IT!" (PFDs)

Carbon monoxide poisoning has recently been identified as a major danger for boaters. It is important to understand it and avoid it. (Teak Surfing and Carbon Monoxide)

Since 9-11 other safety issues have come to the fore. There are new laws which concern the proximity of pleasure boats to various large vessels, bridges, and shore facilities. The government is also asking pleasure boaters to assist in Homeland Security by observing and reporting certain activities. (Homeland Security)

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats – SAFELY! (With apologies to Kenneth Grahame.)

Boating Safety Topics:

Safer Paddling Series: Life Jackets   

Safe Boating, Personal Watercraft and Canoe and Kayak Safety Classes

Manually Propelled Vessel Safety Rules

Homeland Security

Ice Safety

Life Jackets / Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

Marine VHF Radio: The Basics

Preparing Your Boat For a Hurricane

Prudence - DEEP's Boating Safety Education Vessel

Required Safety Equipment

Teak Surfing and Carbon Monoxide

Trailering Safety


Content last updated February 26, 2024