Know the Weather Forecast
Check local weather conditions before departure; TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information. Darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, can be a good guide to tell you to get off the water.
Use Common Sense
Operate at a safe speed at all times (especially in crowded areas), Stay alert. Steer Clear of larger vessels
Watch out for buoys and other navigational aids.
Designate an Assistant Captain
More than one person on board should know all aspects of your boat’s handling, operations, and general boating safety. If the captain is injured or incapacitated, someone else can get everyone else back safely.
Develop a Float Plan
Let someone else know your float plan. This should include where you’re going and how long you’re going to be gone.
A float plan can include the following information:
Name, Address, and Phone number of trip leader
Name and Phone number of all passengers
Boat type and registration information
Trip Itinerary
Locate communication and signal equipment onboard. -Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
Make Proper Use of Lifejackets
Assign and fit each member of your onboard team with a life jacket prior to departure. Wear it!
Avoid Alcohol
Save alcohol for later. The probability of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved.
Learn to Swim
If you’re going to be in and around the water, proper boating safety includes knowing how to swim.

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