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Learn About Boating Safety and to Operate Your Boat


Safe boating should be every boat owner's priority. By learning to operate your boat and the boating safety requirements and best practices, you'll be doing your part to keep yourself, and fellow boaters, safe on the water.
  1. Know Your Boat - The Art of Small Boat Seamanship
  2. Boating Safety Rules and Regulations
  3. Boating Safety Equipment
  4. Boating Safety Tips
  1. Marine Navigation
  2. Marine Weather
  3. Boating Resources

Know Your Boat - The Art of Small Boat Seamanship

Nobody is born an expert boater, but by knowing small boat seamanship - the art of boat handling, and marlinspike seamanship - the art of line handling, you can become the master of your boat. Together, they are necessary skills for every boater to know before they begin boating.

Boating Safety Rules and Regulations

Coast Guard Boating Safety Requirements

All boaters should know and comply with federal and state boating safety regulations and the Coast Guard Navigation Rules. Use the resources here to learn about state and federal boating safety requirements and the authority of the Coast Guard to board and inspect your boat.

Boating Safety Equipment

As required by Federal law, boaters are required to carry certain and maintain certain boating safety equipment. Learn how to choose, use and maintain the required safety equipment.

Boating Safety Tips

Staying safe on the water is no accident. When you begin boating, you will need to become educated about boating safety best practices, safety equipment and survival at sea.

Marine Navigation

Skillfully navigating the waterways is not only rewarding, but essential to boating safety. Learn the rules of the sea and how to navigate the waterways using nautical charts and marine electronics.

Marine Weather

Hurricane Boat Preparation - Hurricane Prep

Marine weather plays an integral role in boating safety. Know how to get a marine weather forecast, the different advisories, watches and warnings and what to do avoid severe weather.

Boating Resources

Chapman Piloting and Seamanship 65th Edition

Use these print resources to enhance your boating knowledge and skill.

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