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Your water fun depends on you, your equipment and other people who, like yourself, enjoy spending leisure time on, in or near the water. Let's take a look at your responsibilities:

  • Make sure the boat is in top operating condition and that there are no tripping hazards. The boat should be free of fire hazards and have clean bilges.
  • Carry safety equipment required by law on board, maintained in good condition, and know how to properly use these devices.
  • File a float plan with a relative or friend.
  • Have a complete knowledge of the operation and handling characteristics of your boat.
  • Know your position and where you are going.
  • Maintain a safe speed at all times to avoid collision.
  • Keep an eye out for changing weather conditions and act accordingly.
  • Know and practice the rules of the road (Navigational Rules).
  • Know and obey federal and state regulations and waterway markers.
  • Maintain a clear, unobstructed view forward at all times. “Scan” the water and avoid “tunnel” vision. Most boating collisions are caused by inattention.

You are the key to water safety!

Rule of Responsibility

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