Take the first step towards learning the boating rules of the road and simple boating etiquette with this beginner’s guide, 5 Essential Rules of the Water, powered by Progressive®. Regardless of where you go boating or what type of boat you’re operating, one of the most important rules to keep in mind is that you are responsible for avoiding collisions at all times. Always be aware of your surroundings, look out for other vessels, and keep a safe speed. This guide will also help you understand the meaning of port (left) and starboard (right)—if facing towards the front of the boat—and teach you how to maneuver in various on-water scenarios depending on whether you are the stand-on vessel or the give-way vessel.

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