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.
- Follow our pre-departure checklist to double check that you have everything you need for a day on the water.
- You can have a safe vessel year round by utilizing our semi-annual maintenance guide.
Finding solitude on a boat is one of the best parts of boating. Science has proved that being on, in or near water can improve creativity, boost emotional health, and promote relaxation, as well as calm your mind and appeal to your senses.
What's the difference between a jet-powered boat and a sterndrive-power boat? Great question. Both are great propulsion systems, and each offers their own unique advantages and disadvantages.
Using a Marine GPS (Global Positioning System) is usually the most efficient, easiest way to navigate a boat. Learn more about how to use your onboard or mobile GPS unit to determine your position, save waypoints, create routes, monitor speed, and set anchor alarms.