Boating Safety Guide: Staying Safe on the Water

You learned the "rules of the road" before you sat behind the wheel of a car, and you should do the same before taking the helm. Just like studying to get your driver’s license, it is very important to have the boating information and certifications you need to be a safe boater before you hit the water. In fact, a number of states require powerboat operators to take a boater’s education course and carry a license or certificate proving successful course completion any time they're on the water. By consulting a safe boating guide and obtaining the required certificates beforehand, you not only protect yourself and family but other boaters on the water.

Get Started with a list of our Basic Safe Boating Tips

Pre-Departure Checklist

Before you leave the dock, you'll need to ensure you have the right safety gear and equipment on your boat, as required by regulation. Our Boat Safety Checklist & Safety Equipment list can help.

Boat Safety Checklist & Safety Equipment List

Headline
Featured Articles

Subhead
Inspirational stories, educational articles, and tips for new & experienced captains

Calling all new and beginner boaters! Follow our basic boat maintenance checklist to learn how to maintain your boat. Discover tips for marine battery and engine care, fuel systems, changing and checking the oil, propshaft inspection, and more.

Boating is all about having fun, and that starts with stocking up on the coolest boating accessories to enhance the fun. From towable tubes to snorkeling gear and so much more, check out our list of eight fun things to have onboard your boat this summer.

Follow our Buying a Used Boat Checklist to learn more about the process of buying a boat from a private seller. Purchasing a pre-owned boat second hand from a private party can help you save money on the price, but it is a "buyer beware" situation.