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    Know what to do before you leave, who to contact, what to do in emergencies, and most important, know how to avoid them in the first place. Here you will find a variety of tips and resources for safely getting the most out of your boating experience.

    Safe Boating Resources


    U.S. Power Squadrons
    Educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects.

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary - Boating Education
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary courses provide instruction to boaters at all levels, from the fundamental to the advanced. Our courses are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard.

    Float Plan Central
    A public service of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Department of Public Affairs, and the official site of the float plan--including products and services that support and promote its use.

    BoatU.S. Foundation Online Boating Safety Course
    A free, interactive, non-proctored course and exam approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as exceeding the minimum requirements for the National Recreational Boating Safety Program.

    BoatU.S. Foundation Online Boating Safety Study Guide
    Study Guide for boating safety developed by the BoatU.S. Foundation in partnership with the National Safe Boating Council, and many boating professionals.

    National Weather Service
    The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.

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    Discover Boating Safety Quiz
    Test your safe boating IQ with this boater safety quiz! The simple true or false questions below are a handy review of some key safe boating rules.

    Discover Boating Pre-departure Checklist
    Get boater safety tips and handy pre-departure checklists with this safe boating guide. Find rules and information about boat maintenance, docking, distress signals and more.

    Vessel Safety Check
    A Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat (Vessel) to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and the Federal regulations. Perform a self-inspection and/or find a Vessel Examiner to perform one for you.

    Online VHF Radio Tutorial
    A seven part introduction to radio communication for the inland, coastal and near offshore mariner.

    Life Jacket Loaner Program
    A program from the BoatU.S. Foundation dedicated to putting more kids in properly fitting life jackets and lends jackets out across the U.S. more than 90,000 times a year.