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Boating Safety

Why is boat safety important?

  • The highest number of fatalities resulting from boat accidents in 2019 was associated with persons who fell overboard. Over 63% of those who fell overboard did not survive the accident
  • Additionally, the highest number of accidents involved those where boats collided with more than 65% of those accidents resulting in injury or death of boaters
  • Lastly, of those who drowned in a boating accident, more than 82% were not wearing a life jacket

What can I do to be more safe?

Be educated

Be prepared

Use good judgement

  • Check the weather before you go
  • Use a departure check list to ensure your equipment is available and in good working order
  • Dress properly
  • Use sunscreen
  • Wear a life jacket
  • Recognize and respect your limits to avoid injury
  • Don’t drink and boat
  • Use common sense
  • Pay attention to weather changes