Boating Safety Tips by USCG | Boating Safety

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Safety Tips

  • Engine Cutoff Devices

    Simple and mechanical, it’s practically foolproof—if you’re wearing it.

    A killswitch is a great addition to any boat, and could potentially save your life someday.
  • Improving Boating Skills

    The best time to improve your boating knowledge is now.

    Coursework, particularly the many nationally recognized courses available, lets you dip deeper into boating now, and safely enjoy being on the water later.
  • Avoiding Flooding Tips

    Central to enjoyable boating is keeping water out of the boat.

    Use these tips to keep water out of your boat, or, if it's already flooded, learn how to pump it out.
  • There are many ways beyond flotation in which your life jacket can become your best friend.

    Add these items to your life jacket to increase your chances of rescue.