An Accident at Sea can ruin your whole day!

How to Avoid Trouble

For your safety and the safety of your passengers:

  • Take a nationally recognized boating course.
  • Get a free Courtesy Marine Exam from the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
  • Fill your fuel tanks.
  • File a float plan.
  • Ensure your engine is properly tuned.
  • Check your engine compartment for fumes.
  • Instruct your passengers on basic safety procedures.
  • Always have everyone wear life jackets (PFDs).
  • Check your safety equipment:
  • Radio
  • Life jackets (PFDs)
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Anchor & line
  • Basic tools & spare parts
  • Flares & sound signal device
  • Compass & chart
  • First aid kit
  • Paddle & bailer
  • lights & flashlight
  • Think safety while boating and practice good seamanship.

The above message was taken from "Getting Help on the Water" from the U. S. Coast Guard.

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