Boat Engine Cut-Off Switch (ECOS): Understanding the Basics

Learning how to use your boat engine cut off switch, or ECOS, is a must for all boaters, and particularly for those who operate boats under 26 feet in length or personal watercrafts (PWCs). This critical piece of safety equipment will shut down the engine when its clip is pulled too far away from the helm.

Rafting Up 101: How to Safely Raft Up with Other Boats

There are dozens of ways to enjoy party time on your boat, but one of the best is undoubtedly rafting up with other boats and celebrating the boating lifestyle together.

12 Most Common Boating Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Even experienced captains make boating mistakes and can benefit from a refresher on essential boating practices. This ensures you have the best day on the water, confident and prepared. 

Running Out of Gas on a Boat: What You Need to Know

You were probably having so much fun on your boat that you lost track of the fuel gauge—until your engine sputtered and quit. Luckily, you can redeem yourself by handling this situation like a pro.

6 Essential Safety Skills Every New Boater Needs to Know

Both new and experienced boaters should all take time to master important safety skills, including how to identify different parts of a boat, read channel markers, tie boating knots, improve boat handling, and understand the "rules of the road."

10 Tips for Boating in Foggy Conditions

The reduced visibility of fog is the main danger, but along with blocking your vision, fog can cause sounds to bounce around and travel abnormally so it becomes difficult to figure out which direction they’re coming from.

5 Essential Winter Boating Tips for Safe and Enjoyable Adventures

Winter boating season is here! Don't start winterizing your boat just yet—instead, head out on the water and enjoy the scenery. Be sure to dress for cooler temperatures and take advantage of open waterways and less crowded marinas. Read on for more winter boating tips.

The Top 5 Sunscreen and Sun Safety Tips for Boaters

Sun safety is an extremely important topic for all boaters. Our Sun Safety guide covers everything from the best sunscreens for boating, to sun protective clothing and utilizing your boat's sun-protection features.

The Ultimate Watersports Safety Guide

Watersports safety covers a wide range of boating activities, including tubing, wakesurfing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, kneeboarding and more. Follow these safety tips to ensure an enjoyable watersports experience.

Life Jackets, Vests & PFDs: How to Choose the Right Fit

Choosing the right life jacket or PFD (personal floatation device) for your preferred boating activities is one of the first steps in becoming a responsible boater. Follow our guide to learn about the different Coast Guard approved life jackets and how to ensure you have a proper fit.