Boating Safety Course

Stay safe - take a boating safety course. A watercraft safety course is beneficial in many ways and is a requirement in some areas.

Boat Safely

A boating safety course can save lives, and learning to operate your boat safely is critical. Here are some safety tips:

  • Always wear a life jacket or personal floatation device when operating a boat. Even if you're a very good swimmer, every person on the boat needs to wear one of these devices. The newer personal floatation devices are not bulky and are like wearing a vest. If you find a life jacket too bulky and uncomfortable to wear, invest in a PFD.

  • Don't drink and drive. Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your ability to safely operate your boat. Don’t put yourself and others in jeopardy by drinking while boating.

  • Take a boat safety course. The life you save could be your own.

  • Always do a thorough check of your boat prior to leaving dock to ensure you have everything you need on board, including tools and a first-aid kit.

  • Maintain a respectable speed and awareness of other boaters. Follow the rules and speed limits.

  • Do not operate a boat in bad weather conditions. By checking the weather forecast prior to departure, you can gauge whether or not it’s a good day to operate your boat.

Why Take a Course?

A boat safety course is essential, especially if you are new to boating.

  • Whether you operate a small in-board or outboard motor or drive a large pleasure craft, making the time for a safety course could save a life.

  • It could also help in reducing the premiums of your boat insurance policy.

  • A boat safety course will not only help you operate your boat with awareness but will also help you to prepare for potential problems that you might not have foreseen.

A boating safety course takes only a small amount of time, is not very expensive, and is a very smart idea. Common sense and knowledge will help ensure safe enjoyment of your boat and the water.


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