Legally you must carry one on board, appropriately sized for each passenger. But don’t just carry it, WEAR IT.
Boating under the influence of alcohol, recreational drugs or prescription narcotics, is illegal, irresponsible and potentially deadly. Leave any such substances until you return to the dock.
Take a Boating Course
The law now requires that anyone driving a motorized boat must have a pleasure-craft operator card. It’s for your own safety and that of your passengers. Don’t get caught without one. Take a course and get your license!
Prepare Your Vessel
Ensure your boat has all the required safety gear and sufficient fuel. Be sure the weather is suitable for your vessel’s capabilities.
Be Cold Water Safe
Cold water is a significant risk. Learn how to protect yourself.