Boating Safety Advice

Recreational boating remains a favorable pastime although it does have its risks. According to the American Boating Association, 701 individuals lost their lives this past year due to boating accidents. Nearly 31 percent of these cases were because the driver of the boat was BWI (Boating While Intoxicated). Since more than 10 percent of deaths that occurred while recreational boating had operators who had received previous boating safety instruction, it’s more important then ever to learn how to operate a boat safely and what to do in a boating emergency. Below you will find resources on boating safety, sports, weather variables, and what to do in an emergency.

Boating and Safety Basics

Boating/Sports Safety

  • Water Ski Safety: Learn about the jobs of the skier, operator, and observer while water skiing, as well as common signals used and speed limits.
  • Wakeboard Boat Operation: Instructions on how to handle a wakeboard and the importance of being considerate to the public sharing the water.
  • Boating World Tubing Tips: This article has information on tubing, including when to know your limitations and being sure the driver is responsible and alert.
  • Power Boating Safety: Find tips on how to stay safe while boating and maintaining safe boating equipment.
  • Kids Water Safety: Tips on how to keep kids safe while at the lake, pond, or beach, and while swimming.
  • About Drag Boat Racing: Find information on the basics of drag boating racing and how to stay safe.
  • Scuba Diving Safety & Regulations: Introduction on scuba diving, as well as information on diving conditions, kelp forests, and artificial reefs.
  • Snorkeling Safety Basics: Learn about safe snorkeling, including qualified supervision and physical fitness aspects.
  • Fishing and Boating Safety Tips: Find regulations and tips on fishing and boating, as well as information on licensing.
  • Outdoor Water Sports Safety Guide: Weather and safety information for jet skis, sail boarding, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, tubing, rafting, and water skiing.

Weather and Tides

In Case of an Emergency