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Cold Water Immersion: How to Survive Falling Overboard

March 26, 2024

Every year, boaters in the US drown after falling overboard. The risk of death is even higher when a person falls into cold water. What to do if someone falls into cold water First, don’t panic. This goes for both the people on board and the person who has fallen into the water. What to … Read more ›

Capsizing a Boat or Falling Overboard: What to Do?

March 25, 2024

Capsizing and falling overboard both result in boaters ending up in the water. US Coast Guard statistics indicate that 75 percent of fatal boating incident victims drowned, so it’s important not to underestimate the risks associated with falling overboard. Knowing what to do if your boat capsizes or a passenger unexpectedly falls overboard can save … Read more ›

Boat Operator Responsibilities and Rendering Assistance

The number of lawsuits related to boating accidents continues to grow. A lawsuit is an expensive, emotionally tolling procedure. Do what you can to avoid problems by taking simple precautions and clearly understanding your responsibilities as a skipper. In short, follow the rules, inform your guests and help other boaters as needed. Operator Responsibilities No … Read more ›

Four Stages of Cold Water Immersion and Hypothermia Chart

Cold water immersion is a real risk when boating on both inland and coastal waters of the US.  While repeated immersion and exceptional physical fitness is proven to make you less susceptible to the effects of cold water immersion, even fit individuals and strong swimmers are at risk of drowning and in many cases, hypothermia. … Read more ›

Guide to Towing and Trailering a Boat

March 1, 2024

Most boats are not left tied to the dock. Instead, they are towed, or trailered, from storage to the location where they will be used. Towing a boat is not difficult, but there are several important factors you need to take into consideration to do it correctly. The last thing you want is to damage … Read more ›

Complete Boat Safety Equipment Checklist

Are you ready to leave the dock? Check once, check twice, and check again. You can’t be too careful about boating safety. If you want to be certain you haven’t missed anything, refer to the complete boating safety equipment checklist from Drive A Boat USA. Keep reading for more details, or you can download our … Read more ›

How to Launch a Boat: Complete Guide

February 5, 2024

Launching a boat can be nerve-wracking, especially if you don’t have much (or any) experience. However, it’s possible to follow some easy steps to greatly increase your chances of success. Get ready to learn how to get your boat into the water smoothly and safely, every time!   Part One: Boat launch prep Before you … Read more ›

Complete Boat Maintenance Checklist

December 20, 2023

Boat maintenance is crucial for optimal, safe performance. Whether you have a small boat or a larger vessel, regular checks can prevent mechanical issues and guarantee a smooth boating experience with minimal risk of surprise breakdowns and other problems. Keep reading for tips on keeping your boat in working condition with this simple boat maintenance … Read more ›

What Should Be Included on a Float Plan?

It’s a good idea to share a float plan with someone trustworthy before setting off on a boat trip, especially for longer journeys. A float plan can be presented in written or verbal form. It details crucial information about your boating location, schedule, and key aspects of your voyage. It serves as a vital tool … Read more ›

What is a Small Craft Advisory?

A Small Craft Advisory is issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in the United States as a warning to mariners about hazardous marine weather conditions, including high winds, tall waves, rough seas, heavy rain, thunderstorms and other dangers like sea and lake ice. Boaters are advised to stay informed about weather conditions and take … Read more ›