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Water Skiing & Towed Water Sports Safety Guidelines

May 7, 2024

Every year, nearly forty percent of Americans who go boating also participate in some form of towed watersport. Waterskiing and wakeboarding take some practice to master, both for the person being towed and the boat operator. Tubing is easier, as long as you use the right gear. Regardless of your age or level of experience, … Read more ›

Written Boating Accident Report Requirements

Federal Law specifies that you have to file an accident report following many types of recreational boating accidents. Not filing a required report could result in large fines or even jail time, so it’s a task that you need to take seriously! Types of boat accidents that need to be reported The United States Coast … Read more ›

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 ›

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 ›

How to Drive a Boat in Rough Water

A boat operator is enjoying a day on the water when all of a sudden the weather changes. What can they do? Get ready to learn how to handle rough water! Boating in rough water: stay safe!  When boating in rough water, there are several things you can do to stay safe: Slow down and … Read more ›

Marine Distress Signals: Types and Uses

December 11, 2023

Marine distress signals can take a number of forms. In general, they consist of visual or audio signs that show other boaters or rescue personnel that you need help. Recreational boating is all about getting out on the water and having a good time. Nevertheless, it’s important to be prepared for emergencies, so that your … Read more ›