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BOATING SAFETY TIPS


• Always wear a properly fi tted life jacket. • When operating a boat never drink alcohol. • Always operate your boat at a safe speed.


• Be sure you have the proper safety equipment for your vessel, and maintain it. • Know the laws, “rules of the road”, for boat owners.


• At all times be aware of your surroundings, including weather conditions, waves, currents, storms, fog, etc. Check the weather forecast for your destination. Plan clothing, equipment and supplies accordingly.


• Take a boating safety course. • Learn to swim. Know how to rescue yourself and others.


• Avoid making too much noise. Noisy motors are illegal and prevent boat operators from hearing voices, signals and warnings of danger, as well as being a disruption to wildlife. • File a fl oat plan with family or friends.


• Be conscious of environmental issues; fueling, habitat damage and wildlife harassment. • Travel responsibly on designated waterways and launch your watercraft in designated areas. • Always have a designated lookout to keep an eye out for other boaters, objects and swimmers. • Comply with all signs and barriers. This includes speed limits, no-wake zones, and under water obstructions, etc. • Make every effort to always go boating with a partner. • Make sure you have enough fuel and oil for the entire trip. • Make sure your owner’s manual and registration is on board in waterproof containers. • Always carry a Coast Guard approved working fi re extinguisher. • Know your limitations. Apply sunscreen, drink lots of water, and watch your energy level. • Know distress signals and warning symbols.


• Always travel slowly in shallow waters and avoid boating in water less than 2 1/2 feet deep. High speeds near shorelines leads to large wakes which cause shoreline erosion.


• Do your part by leaving the area better than you found it, properly disposing of fuel, oil and waste, avoiding the speed of evasive species, restoring degraded areas, and joining a local enthusiast organization.


The following resources will help you learn more about boating education and safety: www.boat-ed.com - Offi cial boating safety courses and online tests for your boat license


www.boatsafe.com - Information on safety equipment requirements and age restrictions by state www.nws.noaa.gov - National Weather Service Marine Forecasts www.uscgboating.org - The U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division California Division of Boating and W


www bw .dbw.ca.gov - California Division of Boating and Waterways


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